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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Funny, When Obama Harvested Facebook Data On Millions Of Users To Win In 2012, Everyone Cheered


From Investor's Business Daily:
According to various news accounts, a professor at Cambridge University built a Facebook app around 2014 that involved a personality quiz. About 270,000 users of the app agreed to share some of their Facebook information, as well as data from people on their friends list. As a result, tens of millions ended up part of this data-mining operation.   
Consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, which paid for the research, later worked with the Trump campaign to help them target advertising campaigns on Facebook, using the data they'd gathered on users. 
But while the Trump campaign used Cambridge Analytica during the primaries, it didn't use the information during the general election campaign, relying instead on voter data provided by the Republican National Committee, according to CBS News. It reports that "the Trump campaign had tested the RNC data, and it proved to be vastly more accurate than Cambridge Analytica's." 
In 2012, the Obama campaign encouraged supporters to download an Obama 2012 Facebook app that, when activated, let the campaign collect Facebook data both on users and their friends. 
According to a July 2012 MIT Technology Review article, when you installed the app, "it said it would grab information about my friends: their birth dates, locations, and 'likes.' " 
The campaign boasted that more than a million people downloaded the app, which, given an average friend-list size of 190, means that as many as 190 million had at least some of their Facebook data vacuumed up by the Obama campaign — without their knowledge or consent. 
If anything, Facebook made it easy for Obama to do so. A former campaign director, Carol Davidsen, tweeted that "Facebook was surprised we were able to suck out the whole social graph, but they didn't stop us once they realized that was what we were doing." 
This Facebook treasure trove gave Obama an unprecedented ability to reach out to nonsupporters. More important, the campaign could deliver carefully targeted campaign messages disguised as messages from friends to millions of Facebook users. 
The campaign readily admitted that this subtle deception was key to their Facebook strategy. "People don't trust campaigns. They don't even trust media organizations," Teddy Goff, the Obama campaign's digital director, said at the time. "Who do they trust? Their friends." 
According to a Time magazine account just after Obama won re-election, "the team blitzed the supporters who had signed up for the app with requests to share specific online content with specific friends simply by clicking a button." 
The effort was called a "game-changer" in the 2012 election, and the Obama campaign boasted that it was "the most groundbreaking piece of technology developed for the campaign."
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4 Comments:

Blogger Pete Rowe said...

I stopped using Facebook because Mark Zuckerberg looks like Beaker.

Thursday, April 12, 2018 4:27:00 am  
Blogger Pastorius said...

Heh. That was enough for you, huh?

Right there, and no further.

;-)

Thursday, April 12, 2018 4:41:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Consider this:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DajM-pWVAAAv5zl.jpg:large

The image links to a Wired business story titled "Pentagon Kills LifeLog Project"
Bing archived link to Wired story from 02-04-04

The image also notes the date of February 4, 2004 just happens to coincide with the date Facebook was founded as noted in Wikipedia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facebook

Confirming further - the existence of LifeLog, the website Military.com/DefenseTech has earlier story "LifeLog gets a facelift" dated 14Jul2003
https://www.military.com/defensetech/2003/07/14/lifelog-gets-a-facelift
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But it's all just a weird coincidence...right?

Thursday, April 12, 2018 1:38:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

re comment at 1:38:00

Notice the second sentence of the article about the cancellation of LifeLog. Lifelog was run by DARPA. DARPA stands for Defense Advanced Research Project Agency.
Who ran Facebook’s secretive Building 8 hardware lab? Where did she work before Facebook? DARPA——>GOOGLE——>Facebook
Who knows every website you visit? What you buy? Who you talk to?

https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/17/facebooks-consumer-hardware-chief-regina-dugan-is-leaving-the-company/

Thursday, April 12, 2018 5:34:00 pm  

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