The Intercept: Facebook Failed to Protect 30 Million Users From Having Their Data Harvested by Trump Campaign Affiliate

The Intercept: Facebook Failed to Protect 30 Million Users From Having Their Data Harvested by Trump Campaign Affiliate. “The Intercept interviewed five individuals familiar with [Aleksandr] Kogan’s work for SCL. All declined to be identified, citing concerns about an ongoing inquiry at Cambridge and fears of possible litigation. Two sources familiar with the SCL project told The Intercept that Kogan had arranged for more than 100,000 people to complete the Facebook survey and download an app. A third source with direct knowledge of the project said that Global Science Research obtained data from 185,000 survey participants as well as their Facebook friends. The source said that this group of 185,000 was recruited through a data company, not Mechanical Turk, and that it yielded 30 million usable profiles. No one in this larger group of 30 million knew that “likes” and demographic data from their Facebook profiles were being harvested by political operatives hired to influence American voters.”

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