When your company loses close to $40 billion in the worst day of
trading since September of 2012, you’re going to be asked to make a
statement. That company is Facebook, who was been at the center of controversy after it was revealed they gave a researcher data
based on an app that was then given to the firm Cambridge Analytical
create voter profiles for the Donald Trump campaign.
This data was
obtained and shared without the consent of the users. Many have wondered
what Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg thinks about this fiasco, and
what measures he plans to execute to prevent such incidents from
happening again (via The Guardian):
The embattled social media company announced on Monday that it will
engage a digital forensics firm to conduct an audit of Cambridge
Analytica to determine whether or not the firm still has copies of the
data in question.
The Observer reported this weekend that a
company called Global Science Research (GSR) harvested tens of millions
of Facebook profiles and sold the data to Cambridge Analytica. The New
York Times reported on Saturday that Cambridge Analytica still possesses
“most or all” of the harvested data. Cambridge Analytica has denied
knowing that the data was obtained improperly.
I've already unambiguously stated
my thoughts on President Trump choosing to congratulate Russia's top
thug on his repression-fueled and fraud-aided electoral "victory" this
week. We've since learned that the president did so in direct
contradiction of his own top advisers' recommendation -- likely with an
eye toward maintaining total solidarity with the British government -- which reportedly came in the form of an all-caps reminder written on his briefing memo:
How to we know about this juicy, not-so-little detail?
Yet another high-level leak. Sen. Marco Rubio says he is dismayed that Trump chose not to heed his team's sound advice, but is exasperated by the steady drumbeat of damaging leaks that have plagued this presidency: