This current anti-Facebook hysteria has taken quite a turn as liberals who once embraced the social media giant are now demanding it be dismantled because -gasp- its data was used during a political campaign in 2016. And yet where was this same anger when the same thing was being done in 2012 – but at far greater levels?
Check this out via a Politico article out today:
…During the 2012 campaign, President Barack Obama’s reelection team built an app that extracted the same types of data in the same fashion as the Cambridge Analytica data in question, with one critical difference: Obama’s team extracted nearly five times the information.
According to Carol Davidsen, a member of Obama’s data team, “Facebook was surprised we were able to suck out the whole social graph, but they didn’t stop us once they realized that was what we were doing.” The social graph is Facebook’s map of relationships between users and brands on its platform. And after the election, she recently acknowledged, Facebook was “very candid that they allowed us to do things they wouldn’t have allowed someone else to do because they were on our side.”
What Team Obama did in 2012 with its Facebook data was heralded far and wide as a sign of a truly formidable and cutting-edge political campaign. After Team Trump attempted the same in 2016, to a much smaller degree, that attempt is being vilified and Facebook is being blamed for allowing it to happen.
That’s beyond hypocritical. It’s dangerous. Clearly, there are some in high positions of power and influence in America who feel they and they alone should control the flow of information.
The Cambridge Analytica work in 2016 and Facebook’s part in it should be much ado about nothing but the enemies of freedom and choice in America are making it into something and demanding punishment against Facebook – a platform people choose to be or not to be a part of.
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