Facebook Under Fire for Data Harvesting
Headline Roundup March 20th, 2018
Facebook is currently under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission after it was revealed that President Trump's campaign used a political analysis company to harvest personal information from millions of users without their permission. While the move has been condemned by many across the aisle, some on the Right argue that Obama engaged in the same practice during his 2012 campaign, although it is acknowledged that he did so with user consent.
Yesterday, Facebook’s stock tanked after it was revealed that they gave user data to a firm, Global Science Research (GSR), via an app. This data was then given to Cambridge Analytica, a firm that was working for Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. The app not only gave GSR the data of the user who filled out the survey, but also that of all of the user’s friends without them knowing it. Some have noted a similar mining tool used by the Obama team, but they gathered information through their...
The Federal Trade Commission is investigating Facebook Inc. over the use of personal data by an analytics firm tied to President Donald Trump’s campaign, a person familiar with the matter said.
Sandy Parakilas says numerous companies deployed these techniques – likely affecting hundreds of millions of users – and that Facebook looked the other way