If you have not grasped the extent of this fiasco, it could be because it was late evening in the U.S. on Friday last and the weekend has dawned in most other parts of the world when this new broke.
In a nutshell, a Facebook app developed by one Dr. Aleksandr Kogan called “thisisyourdigitallife” had obtained user data through that app (which was originally built in 2014) by scraping data from the profiles of people who took the quiz as well as that of their friends—apparently allowed under Facebook’s policy for third-party apps at the time!!
On Friday, Facebook announced that it was suspending Cambridge Analytica from the site, which stops the latter buying ads or accessing Facebook data. This appeared to be a pre-emptive response to stories which broke over the weekend in The Observer and The New York Times, of how Cambridge Analytica acquired data on 50 million Facebook users without their consent. The stories came from interviews with Christopher Wylie – a whistleblower intimately connected with Cambridge Analytica.
Cambridge Analytica is a British data analytics firm which helps political campaigns target voters online. The company (and its parent company SCL) claims to have built “5,000 data points on over 230 million American voters”allowing political campaigns to target voters susceptible to certain messages with precise accuracy.
This is the scariest part: Although only about 270,000 people took the survey, the New York Times reports, yet that Dr. Kogan was able to obtain data on 50 million users, probably through connections and other means!
“I’ve also seriously been asked if the FBI has reached out, if the two congressional committees in the United States have reached out, and if Parliament or any authorities in the UK have reached out. No one has—I suspect they realize I’m actually not a spy. Though if anyone does, I’d be more than happy to testify and speak candidly about the project,” Aleksandr Kogan wrote in an email that was obtained by CNN.
The question is how they acquired this data – and much of it is alleged to come from Facebook, without user consent.
First Lady’s Office Becomes Political Pawn for Trump, Issues Statement Against Samantha Bee
First lady Melania Trump’s office responded to TBS comedian Samantha Bee’s profane tirade against presidential adviser Ivanka Trump by saying it was an example of an “astounding” double standard.
“The double standard is truly astounding. Time and again the Trump family and members of this Administration are subjected to false reporting, hateful rhetoric and outrageous lies all in the name of freedom of speech or comedy, yet the mainstream media stays silent,” her spokesperson said.
Bee had called Ivanka Trump a “feckless c**t” in a segment targeting her for posting a photo with her daughter over the weekend.
Strangely despite the office of the First Lady, didn’t actually have the First Lady, Melania Trump saying these things, as she is still missing.
Is Vegas Sheriff Lombardo’s Career Over? Hidden Wife Connected to Ponzi Scheme of Former Lover and Son
People are already calling for the Sheriff to step down after a report from an investigative journalist on the conspiracy site Inforwars was confirmed by others. According to the report Sheriff Lombardo has been hiding a “secret wife” from the public because she was a partner and lover to convicted fraudster William Gayler, and even had a child with him – who is now living with Lombardo.
Lou Colagiovanni puts together a very good case that the Sheriff was personally involved in helping to make sure nothing happened to Mr. Gayler that could show up in the public, and that his prosecution was handled with kid gloves.
“The Trial of William Gayler was rolling along at a typical pace until it became inconvenient for Joe Lombardo’s aspirations to ascend to the office of Sheriff of Clark County. In May 2014, just six months before the election, the trial of William Gayler began to crawl to a snail’s pace and the trial did not resume at a typical speed until February 2015 after Joe Lombardo won the election.”
GOP’s Michael Lee McDonald arrested in Nevada for Burglary & Forgery.
One of Nevada’s up and coming Republicans is in deep trouble after being arrested. Michael Lee McDonald of Las Vegas was arrested for burglary, forgery and offering a false document.
His attorney, who is also running for a position, said that the arrest is unrelated to his bid for the Nevada State Assembly.
McDonald, a Republican, is running for Assembly District 20, which covers parts of Paradise and Henderson.
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