REVEALING AND DAMNING COMMENTS MADE BY CEO ALEXANDER NIX WERE SECRETLY RECORDED BY CHANNEL 4 NEWS
Mark Zuckerberg’s social network may have violated a 2011 consent decree with the Federal Trade Commission when it allowed an academic to scoop up the data of as many as 50 million unwitting users . That data was eventually turned over to a UK data firm, Cambridge Analytica, that had former Trump campaign manager Steve Bannon on its board.
The data firm then used the Facebook info to help the Trump campaign win the 2016 election, according to reports this weekend.
“I would not be surprised if at some point the FTC looks at this. I would expect them to,” David Vladeck, a former director of the FTC’s consumer protection bureau, told The Washington Post.
The violation “bespeaks the same recklessness with its users’ data that prompted the FTC to take action in 2011,” Jessica Rich, a former ex-FTC deputy director, said.
In a 2011 settlement, Facebook agreed to 20 years of FTC oversight after it failed to notify users of changes to its privacy rules.
The FTC had the right to fine Facebook up to $40,000 per future infraction. Facebook claims there was no wrongdoing and didn’t violate the consent decree. Who is the more responsible party here ?? Facebook ?? Cambridge Analytica ??
Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Chris Wylie might have a few regrets about pissing off Facebook.
Wylie’s Facebook and Instagram accounts were suspended as news broke last weekend that CA was able to access private information from more than 50 million Facebook users.
Wylie said Tuesday that it is as if Facebook had deleted him from the entire internet. “We use Facebook to log in to everything,” he said. “I can’t use Tinder now because you have to use f–king Facebook to verify yourself!”
Cambridge Analytica, the firm involved in a conflict over its use of Facebook data, has suspended its boss Alexander Nix.The chief executive's comments, secretly recorded by Channel 4 News, "do not represent the values or operations of the firm," it said.
In the footage, Mr Nix appeared to suggest tactics his company could use to discredit politicians online.
The London-based firm, along with the social network, is under scrutiny following claims by a whistleblower, Christopher Wylie, who worked for Cambridge Analytica. He alleges it amassed large amounts of data through a personality quiz on Facebook called This is Your Digital Life.
He claims that 270,000 people took the quiz, but the data of some 50 million users, mainly in the US, was harvested without their explicit consent via their friend networks.
Mr Wylie says that data was sold to Cambridge Analytica, which then used it to psychologically profile people and deliver pro-Trump material to them, with a view to influencing the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.