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Post by T on Tue Mar 20, 2018 4:33 am

Facebook data whistleblower: It was ‘fake news to the next level’

By The Associated Press
Posted Mar 19, 2018 at 3:57 PM
Updated Mar 19, 2018 at 4:25 PM


Trumpery-affiliated company accused of mining data from media giant to alter voters’ perceptions

NEW YORK — A Trumpery-affiliated firm under scrutiny for inappropriately obtaining data on tens of millions of Facebook users created profiling algorithms that “took fake news to the next level,” a former employee said.

Chris Wylie said the firm, Cambridge Analytica, secured personal data in order to learn about individuals and then used it to create an information cocoon to change their perceptions.

“This is based on an idea called ‘informational dominance,’ which is the idea that if you can capture every channel of information around a person and then inject content around them, you can change their perception of what’s actually happening,” Wylie said.

In an interview Monday on NBC’s “Today,” Wylie said Cambridge Analytica aimed to “explore mental vulnerabilities of people.” He said the firm “works on creating a web of disinformation online so people start going down the rabbit hole of clicking on blogs, websites etc. that make them think things are happening that may not be.”

The developments are the latest to show how people try to exploit Facebook in ways that could sway elections, and in the worst cases even undermine democracy.

Before the Cambridge imbroglio, there were Russian agents running election-related propaganda campaigns through targeted ads and fake political events.

Wylie claimed Cambridge Analytica used the data it had while speaking with Russian businesses. He also said that while political ads are also targeted at specific voters, what’s different here is that people wouldn’t know they were getting messages aimed at influencing their views.

Late Friday, Facebook said it would ban Cambridge Analytica, saying the company improperly obtained information from people who downloaded a purported research app described as a personality test.

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