While the press is falling over itself in search of horrifying adjectives to describe the Facebook “data breach,” calling it the scandal of the century (one example of this henny-penny stuff is in this morning’s Axios, for example) they seem to have forgotten the way they treated President Obama’s use of data on millions of Facebook users to win reelection in 2012.
Back then, Obama was described as a genius – genius! – who figured out how to tap into Facebook’s ocean of Facebook data on users — and their friends — to microtarget messages. Oh, the mystique of the Obama hipsters, so attuned to data, so the trope went. Ever wonder why pathetic little punky operatives such as Ben Rhodes and David Plouffe and Jon Favreau and David Axelrod got such inflated reputations in the press? The mastery of data on the data-side and the press’s belief that Team Obama was in completely tune with high tech data-mining was one reason…. more
Brainwashing The World
By Hal Lindsey This week, Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, summoned a group of conservative leaders to his headquarters in Menlo Park, California. He wanted to fight allegations of a liberal bias within Facebook news. Gizmodo broke the story a couple of weeks ago. They wrote, “Facebook workers routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative … Continue reading