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The Cambridge Analytica/Facebook spying story was first published 28 MONTHS AGO

 
FIRST PUBLISHED IN DECEMBER 16, 2016 IN GERMAN IN DAS MAGAZIN.
PUBLISHED IN ENGLISH ON JANUARY 28, 2017 IN MOTHERBOARD:

How Cambridge Analytica used your Facebook data to help the Donald Trump campaign in the 2016 election.

Source: The Data That Turned the World Upside Down – Motherboard
Good God. The U.S. media is so full itself that it missed this story in broad daylight since January 2017.  Quite frankly, U.S. media has rendered itself utterly useless.
Guess I need to be reading Motherboard. They had the story more than a year ago.
 

Kinda of funny that the UK press broke the story on how social media was manipulated by Facebook and Cambridge Analytica

The U.S. media spent 17 months chasing a story about $44,000 worth of Russian-linked Facebook ads while UK’s Channel 4 did real journalism, discovering the role Cambridge Analytica played with purloined personal data from Facebook, to craft highly customized propaganda campaigns and fake news to potentially throw a U.S. election.
This is the story – and the role that social media plays at it has devolved into a frictionless propaganda platform. Sorry U.S. media – you missed this story.
Source: UK – Channel 4 News

Who watches this crap?

Apparently way too many people:

The Nielsen company said 26 of the 40 most-watched programs on cable television last week were political shows on Fox News or MSNBC, including each weeknight telecast by Rachel Maddow, Sean Hannity and Lawrence O’Donnell.

Source: Nielsens illustrate the popularity of political shows
This is not news. It’s celebrity gossip and propaganda. Why do so many waste their time on this? Boredom?

Am guessing we never hear another word about "Russia hacked the election" after today

Cambridge Analytica:

  • The full scale of their pivotal work in Trump’s election win

  • How they avoid Congressional investigations into their foreign clients

  • Setting up proxy organisations to feed untraceable messages onto social media

  • Using a secret email system where messages self-destruct and leave no trace

  • Cambridge Analytica’s involvement in the “Defeat Crooked Hilary” brand of attack ads

Source: Exposed: Undercover secrets of Trump’s data firm – Channel 4 News
Cambridge Analytica is claiming they threw the election for Trump, using potentially stolen personal data on 50 million Americans and social media propaganda.
I am thinking a very large number of Americans may want to consider deleting their Facebook accounts.