• Facebook and its executives are getting destroyed after botching the handling of a massive data 'breach'

    6 monthes ago - By Business Insider

    Facebook executives waded into a firestorm of criticism on Saturday, after news reports revealed that a data firm with ties to the Trump campaign harvested private information from millions of Facebook users.
    Several executives took to Twitter to insist that the data leak was not technically a "breach."
    But critics were outraged by the response and accused the company of playing semantics and missing the point.
    Facebook and its executives faced a torrent of backlash on Saturday following news reports that the data firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked on the Trump campaign in 2016...
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  • NY Times: Consultants to the Trump campaign accessed 50 million Facebook accounts illegally

    NY Times: Consultants to the Trump campaign accessed 50 million Facebook accounts illegally

    6 monthes ago - By Phone Arena

    According to a report in today's New York Times, a company called Cambridge Analytica illegally grabbed data from 50 million Facebook profiles without the permission of the account owners. This was allegedly done for the 2014 mid-term elections as Cambridge was the recipient of a $15 million investment from loaded Republican donor Robert Mercer. Cambridge also attracted the attention of Mercer's political advisor, Stephen Bannon, by promising to develop a method to identify personality traits of U.S. voters and guide them into voting GOP.
    The Times article is based on information it...
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  • Facebook's latest privacy debacle stirs up more regulatory interest from lawmakers

    Facebook's latest privacy debacle stirs up more regulatory interest from lawmakers

    6 monthes ago - By TechCrunch

    Facebook's late Friday disclosure that a data analytics company with ties to the Trump campaign improperly obtained - and then failed to destroy - the private data of 50 million users is generating more unwanted attention from politicians, some of whom were already beating the drums of regulation in the company's direction.
    On Saturday morning, Facebook dove into the semantics of its disclosure, arguing against wording in the New York Times story the company was attempting to get out in front of that referred to the incident as a breach. Most of this happened on the Twitter account of...
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  • Data Firm Tied to Trump Campaign Talked Business With Russians

    6 monthes ago - By NY Times

    Cambridge Analytica, a company that developed technology to target voters, has denied having connections to Russia. But evidence suggests otherwise.
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