Facebook is being investigated by New York and Massachusetts attorneys general over Cambridge Analytica scandal

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New York and Massachusetts attorneys general are demanding that Facebook hand over information about how Cambridge Analytica used its data. They announced a joint investigation today following reports over the weekend that Cambridge Analytica improperly acquired data on 50 million Facebook users, which it used as part of President Trump’s 2016 campaign.

According to The New York Times and The Observer, the co-founder of Cambridge Analytica, Christopher Wylie, led an initiative starting in 2014 to help political campaigns profile voters. As part of the project, the company harvested data from Facebook through a third-party quiz app.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Attorney General Maura Healey of Massachusetts announced a joint investigation today. As part of the investigation, they’re requesting all terms of use, privacy policy, and all other notifications Facebook users have received about data collection dating from 2013 to now, according to a person familiar with the matter. The attorneys general are also looking for Facebook to show any requests it made to Cambridge Analytica asking it to delete Facebook user data.

Cambridge Analytica, which is partly owned by hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer, played a role in Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, and the connection raises continued concerns over the influence Facebook had in the election.

“Consumers have a right to know how their information is used — and companies like Facebook have a fundamental responsibility to protect their users’ personal information,” Eric Schneiderman said in a statement to The Verge, “Today’s demand letter is the first step in our joint investigation to get to the bottom of what happened.”

He added, “New Yorkers deserve answers, and if any company or individual violated the law, we will hold them accountable.”

Maura Healey told The Verge, “As attorney general, my job is to protect consumers in Massachusetts. Companies that control huge amounts of personal data have a legal obligation to guard against theft and misuse of that information.”

She added, “We are investigating to find out how and why this data was shared by Facebook and whether the appropriate steps were taken to protect it against misuse and manipulation.” Healey had originally tweeted on March 17th that an investigation was forthcoming.

The Cambridge Analytica scandal

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Facebook reacts 8
The world reacts 12
The apology tour 6
Zuckerberg testifies 14
What you can do 5

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Well well, it’s getting dicey for FB, this is going to cost them a lot more than what they lost just yesterday.

Shit’s about to go down. I bet FB has some disclaimer to cover their ass, I mean most companies of their size usually do. They’ll walk away with a slap on the wrist unfortunately.

The lengths that ad agencies and marketers will go to nowadays to get your information is sickening. They will go to any lengths to get this data all to sell you a product, even if you don’t want it. Now that sort of scheming is spilling over into the political arena, or maybe it’s always been there and we’ve just now been made aware.

#RegulateFacebook

How is that supposed to help? Facebook after all was helped to be set up by the CIA. Cambridge Analytica was formally known as a company called SCL – set up and funded by defence contractors, psychological operations groups and the intelligence community.

Your reactions are exactly what they want from you, so they can bury the truth and continue to manipulate public opinion.

Try watching this documentary for a start, made a year ago, talking about Cambridge Analytica and their activities long before this ‘alleged’ undercover investigation and breaking scandal. It’s around 1:18:0 where the discussion turns to Cambridge Analytica, and tells a little bit of a different story to the one in the media right now, aside from being a year ago.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vzL6—pEaQ

This guy has written two very good books detailing how the public are manipulated, of which all information within can be corroborated by pulling said documentation under freedom of information, it’s just no one bothers to read it being too wrapped up with debt and entertainment overkill, which is also explained in these books.

Add Canadian law enforcement and the federal government.

this is going to be monstrously bad for Facebook. And now Zuckerberg is AWOL and nobody apparently can reach him today.

this will be possibly big enough to get facebook potentially banned in Canada, or actual criminal charges against Zuckerberg. PIPEDA and privacy act in Canada has teeth.

Before anyone else makes any comments on this so called ‘breaking’ story, I suggest you watch this documentary made last year. Try starting from 1:18:00 and see what Neil Sanders has to say about Cambridge Analytica…..
Then tell me that all these current stories in the mainstream are not ‘fake news’. Or at least, a twisted and watered down version of events….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vzL6—pEaQ

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