Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared before Congress Tuesday but the hearing was far from achieving any meaningful headway. One Senator did manage to scrape at the heart of the issue when he referred to the 2012 Obama campaign’s use of Facebook to win the election and that is where the true hypocrisy of this hearing lies.
In fact, the Obama campaign used Facebook to gain a massive political advantage by doing exactly what Cambridge Analytica did and the Obama campaign’s media director even bragged about it and confirmed Facebook was aware of it.
The former media director for the Obama administration’s presidential campaign Carol Davidsen confirmed recently on Twitter that the campaign used massive amounts of user’s personal information to their advantage on here is what she said.
“Facebook was surprised we were able to suck out the whole social graph, but they didn’t stop us once they realized that was what we were doing,” Davidsen said. “They came to office in the days following election recruiting & were very candid that they allowed us to do things they wouldn’t have allowed someone else to do because they were on our side.”
The Obama campaign utilized an app called “Obama For America”, that app was downloaded by around 1 million users but unbeknownst to those users, they were also signing away their friend’s personal information when they downloaded the app. This resulted in the Obama campaign accessing roughly 189 million friend profiles that didn’t authorize the app and targeted them with political propaganda. Those profiles who did not consent to have their information shared were targeted with requests to register to vote, give money, vote or look at a video.
Obama’s campaign violated the privacy of nearly 200 million Facebook users and targeted them with political propaganda with Facebook’s support, and even help, that equals a far, far greater influence over the election than $100,000 in ads from a Russian company. Why did no one criticize Obama for his absolute illegal use of personal information which amounts to a violation of trust in both his administration and Facebook? Where were the Congressional hearings when Obama used Facebook to scrape millions and millions of users data and target them with their political ads? This hearing is just further proof the witch-hunt against Trump has no merit because if it did, Congress would be questioning Barrack Obama and his “use” of the social media platform to actually win an election.