Despite being common knowledge that Facebook’s modus operandi is harvesting and selling users’ personal information to the highest bidders, the fact that Cambridge Analytica came out as a “whistleblower’s” third-party company of choice is telling.
It’s not telling in the sense that Facebook is careless with its handling of personal information, it’s telling that of all the companies that gain access to the big data, a political one was chosen to make international headlines.
Facebook’s late Friday disclosure that a data analytics company with ties to the Trump campaign improperly obtained — and then failed to destroy — the private data of 50 million users is generating more unwanted attention from politicians, some of whom were already beating the drums of regulation in the company’s direction.
Regardless of the distraction whether Facebook influenced the elections or not, because apparently its users can’t think for themselves (I’m not being facetious), it is never a call for more regulation.
Let’s hypothetically say that Facebook ads did influence elections, despite the complete lack of objective evidence to back up that claim.
Is the solution to political meddling, more political meddling? Why would anyone trust the lawmakers to come up with regulations, setting the rules of the landscape that guarantees their own jobs, allowing them to increase their size and give themselves a pay raise?
That’s why I said I wasn’t being facetious when most remaining Facebook users nowadays can’t think for themselves. The mere fact that there are still tens of millions of active Facebook users — despite the common knowledge of their lives being under psychological control, their privacy and personal information being given away, and their freedoms conceded to the technocratic and bureaucratic nanny-state by tacitly agreeing with their overlords that regulation is what’s needed when they can simply just stop using Facebook — is the real surprise of this story.
No one should care that Cambridge Analytica borrowed data mining for its “studies”. The default position should be to assume that when you trust your personal details to be secured in a flimsy database by a faceless corporation, like the Equifax hack, the worst will get their hands on it. I don’t even think Cambridge Analytica comes anywhere close to being the most exploitative. Your data is already in the hands of the worst people possible: the political ideologues running Facebook siding with big government, both ready to go after all the wrong-thinkers with their army of “useful idiots”, shutting down any semblance of a free market and replacing it with a tightly controlled one of their own.
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