Congressional Committees: Political Ad Disclosure; Twitter/Facebook/Cambridge Analytica

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Re: Senate Judiciary: Political Ad Disclosure; Facebook/Cambridge Analytica

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Post by Addie » Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:43 am

The Guardian
Cambridge Analytica director 'met Assange to discuss US election' | UK news

A Cambridge Analytica director apparently visited Julian Assange in February last year and told friends it was to discuss what happened during the US election, the Guardian has learned.

Brittany Kaiser, a director at the firm until earlier this year, also claimed to have channelled cryptocurrency payments and donations to WikiLeaks. This information has been passed to congressional and parliamentary inquiries in the UK and US.

Cambridge Analytica and WikiLeaks are already subjects of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, but the revelations open up fresh questions about the precise nature of the organisations’ relationship.

There was no known connection until October last year, when it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica had “reached out” to Assange in July 2016 and offered to help him index and distribute the 33,000 emails that had been stolen from Hillary Clinton. ...

But visitor logs from the Ecuador embassy obtained by the Guardian and Focus Ecuador appear to show that Brittany Kaiser, a senior executive at Cambridge Analytica until earlier this year, visited Assange on 17 February 2017. Information passed to the DCMS committee in the UK and the Senate judiciary committee in the US states that the meeting was “a retrospective to discuss the US election”.
Adding:
International Business Times: Cambridge Analytica Chief ‘Withdrew $8M’ From Company Linked To Trump’s Wealthy Supporters


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Re: Senate Judiciary: Political Ad Disclosure; Facebook/Cambridge Analytica

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Post by Addie » Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:03 pm

Reuters: Washington state sues Facebook, Google over election ad disclosure
Vanity Fair: Things Go from Bad to Worse for the Corpse of Cambridge Analytica

The C.E.O. of the now-bankrupt and shuttered political data firm reportedly embezzled $8 million.


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Re: Senate Judiciary: Political Ad Disclosure; Facebook/Cambridge Analytica

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Post by Kendra » Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:08 pm

Addie wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:03 pm
Reuters: Washington state sues Facebook, Google over election ad disclosure
Vanity Fair: Things Go from Bad to Worse for the Corpse of Cambridge Analytica

The C.E.O. of the now-bankrupt and shuttered political data firm reportedly embezzled $8 million.
Would that be Mercer money? I'm good with that :popcorn:

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Re: Senate Judiciary: Political Ad Disclosure; Facebook/Cambridge Analytica

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Post by Addie » Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:04 am

Tech Crunch
Facebook says it gave ‘identical support’ to Trump and Clinton campaigns ...

It’s not exactly fire, but we don’t really need more fire these days. This at least is on the record and relatively straightforward; whatever Facebook’s sins during the election cycle may have been, it does not appear that preferential treatment of the two major campaigns was among them.

Incidentally, if you’re curious whether Facebook finally answered Sen. Harris’s questions about who made the decision not to inform users of the Cambridge Analytica issue back in 2015, or how that decision was made — no, it didn’t. In fact the silence here is so deafening it almost certainly indicates a direct hit.

Harris asked how and when it came to the decision not to inform users that their data had been misappropriated, who made that decision and why, and lastly when Zuckerberg entered the loop. Facebook’s response does not even come close to answering any of these questions:
When Facebook learned about Kogan’s breach of Facebook’s data use policies in December 2015, it took immediate action. The company retained an outside firm to assist in investigating Kogan’s actions, to demand that Kogan and each party he had shared data with delete the data and any derivatives of the data, and to obtain certifications that they had done so. Because Kogan’s app could no longer collect most categories of data due to changes in Facebook’s platform, the company’s highest priority at that time was ensuring deletion of the data that Kogan may have accessed before these changes took place. With the benefit of hindsight, we wish we had notified people whose information may have been impacted. Facebook has since notified all people potentially impacted with a detailed notice at the top of their newsfeed.
This answer has literally nothing to do with the questions.

It seems likely from the company’s careful and repeated refusal to answer this question that the story is an ugly one — top executives making a decision to keep users in the dark for as long as possible, if I had to guess.


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Re: Senate Judiciary: Political Ad Disclosure; Facebook/Cambridge Analytica

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Post by RVInit » Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:38 pm

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Related, but has a possibility of taking us down a rabbit hole of off topic:

I have a Facebook account but I have rarely posted in the last couple of years. I have a friend on Facebook that plays some of the games. You can opt to send your Facebook friends a notification that says something like "so and so played such and such! See how you score" - and other similar messages. I remember one time I got some kind of notice that this particular friend had taken a psych test (basically), but it was being touted as being a "game". I believe that was precisely the same application that was used to collect information about her and probably everyone on her friends list. I also remember thinking to myself that never in a million years am I going to answer psych questions about myself on some online platform where my selections were obviously being saved and obviously could be tied back to me personally. I just knew she had participated in something where her information, some of which may have been very personal in nature, was being collected.


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Re: Senate Judiciary: Political Ad Disclosure; Facebook/Cambridge Analytica

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Post by RTH10260 » Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:33 pm

unsure if this was already posted on TFB before
Facebook Gave Device Makers Deep Access to Data on Users and Friends
The company formed data-sharing partnerships with Apple, Samsung and dozens of other device makers, raising new concerns about its privacy protections.

By GABRIEL J.X. DANCE, NICHOLAS CONFESSORE and MICHAEL LaFORGIA JUNE 3, 2018

As Facebook sought to become the world’s dominant social media service, it struck agreements allowing phone and other device makers access to vast amounts of its users’ personal information.

Facebook has reached data-sharing partnerships with at least 60 device makers — including Apple, Amazon, BlackBerry, Microsoft and Samsung — over the last decade, starting before Facebook apps were widely available on smartphones, company officials said. The deals allowed Facebook to expand its reach and let device makers offer customers popular features of the social network, such as messaging, “like” buttons and address books.

But the partnerships, whose scope has not previously been reported, raise concerns about the company’s privacy protections and compliance with a 2011 consent decree with the Federal Trade Commission. Facebook allowed the device companies access to the data of users’ friends without their explicit consent, even after declaring that it would no longer share such information with outsiders. Some device makers could retrieve personal information even from users’ friends who believed they had barred any sharing, The New York Times found.


https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/201 ... -data.html



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Re: Senate Judiciary: Political Ad Disclosure; Facebook/Cambridge Analytica

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Post by Danraft » Thu Jun 28, 2018 12:56 am

Can't copy from the App, but Facebook caved to Conservative groups claiming that there was anti-Conservative bias even though the evidence shows the opposite. They are using the Heritage Foundation to do the analysis. :oops:
And, are meeting with Parscale to make changes requested.


Opinion: Facebook caves in to pressure from conservatives
https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/25/opinions ... index.html


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Re: Congressional Committees: Political Ad Disclosure; Twitter/Facebook/Cambridge Analytica

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Post by Addie » Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:09 am

Politico
Source: House panel considers subpoena for Twitter CEO

Staff of the House Energy and Commerce Committee raised the possibility of a subpoena to get Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to testify before the panel, during a tense meeting with representatives of the company Thursday, according to a Republican source familiar with the discussion.

The source said Twitter is "delaying" and "stonewalling" the committee, which has been negotiating over the past few weeks to try to arrange Dorsey's testimony about the company's data and content policies.

House E&C Chairman Greg Walden later tweeted at Dorsey: "I appreciate your willingness to speak publicly on issues facing Twitter and agree complex algorithms must be better communicated to consumers. After many good faith efforts from staff, this is your formal invitation to appear before @HouseCommerce on Sept. 5."

Asked for comment, a Twitter spokesman responded: "We remain in discussions with the Committee and no decisions have been made either way."


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Re: Congressional Committees: Political Ad Disclosure; Twitter/Facebook/Cambridge Analytica

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Post by pipistrelle » Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:22 am

jack's clueless response about Alex Jones made me ponder how one can have a good idea but not be emotionally intelligent. The comments on his response are great.



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