Pink haired Cambridge Analytica "whistleblower" Christopher Wylie claims the Trump campaign harvested Facebook data to influence the election, to the tune of $1 million.
That evil Trump! No wonder he won!
Except Google and Facebook advertise to you based on what you like and don’t like. That's how they make money. When you sign up for Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Gmail, they’re not the product. You are. And they can buy and sell you, your info, and you agree to that.
So what Christopher Wylie says he was doing does sound discomforting. But it’s not really news.
The New York Times still went huge with the story. But as citizen journalist Mike Cernovich pointed out, the NYT app does the same thing. Even if you delete the app, the New York Times keeps your friends list.
So maybe the New York Times can do an investigation into themselves...
If Cambridge Analytica actually used that Facebook user data in a way that broke their contract with Facebook, that’s one thing. But Wylie left that company years before the 2016 election. What he’s describing is pretty much how all apps work. But just with a bit of drama. And pink hair.
Then it came out that Wylie hadn’t just worked for the company that two years later did work for Trump. He had worked with — the Liberal Party of Canada. A lot. In fact, he was born in Canada, interned with the Liberals as a teenager, then worked for Ignatieff, then Trudeau.
Whereas, according to Obama's former media director, Facebook was once "on our side."
So was any law broken? Trump didn’t even use Cambridge Analytica in the campaign, it turns out. Not sure if the Obama campaign broke the law. But what about Facebook?
Would Mark Zuckerberg, the narcissistic Facebook CEO with the God complex — would he ever lie...?
Look at how closely linked Zuckerberg and his number two, Sheryl Sandberg, are with the Democrats. Just like Google and Twitter are.
Just like Justin Trudeau and Sandberg are. And whether it’s Facebook helping Trudeau because they like him, or because he’s threatening them if they don’t, it’s happening.
Facebook shut down 30,000 Facebook accounts that supported Marine Le Pen, the right wing candidate in the French election. Because those accounts were "fake." Trust him.
But Mark Zuckerberg is a liar. A sociopath.
He’ll say or do anything.
So what do we do?
Trump really should look at a trust-busting approach to these Facebook monopolies.
I also think Zuckerberg should be sued.
I’m not mad at Christopher Wylie. I’m mad at Obama, Trudeau and Macron for what they did with Facebook, and I’m mad at Zuckerberg for thinking the world was his toy.
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