Opinion – Revealed: 50 million Facebook profiles for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach – The Guardian/Observer

Here’s a historic, must-read, lead story in today’s Guardian/Observer. Whilst I accept the evidence presented, the implication is that 50 million Americans were duped into voting for Trump and a similar proportion of Brits were tricked on Brexit. I have also read the Observer’s editorial that picks up the thread and am deeply suspicious by the absence of hard evidence – it’s not enough for a journalist to write, ‘I’ve seen the evidence’. All the evidence must be in the public’s view or their proxy. To me, the editorial reads an anti-Facebook rant by a bunch of  champagne socialists. Should we expect the next edition to introduce the Russians as the true master-minds – a sensational story (without evidence), just as Putin wins the Russian election?

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  1. Dr Alf is right again, there is no evidence of anything other than that of Cambridge Analytica scraping 50 million Facebook accounts for data.

    Trump for better or worse secured his Presidential victory by persuading 2 million very poor people, without jobs or hope, to vote for him, in one last desperate throw of the dice. Most of these people were unemployed rustbelt workers, who hadn’t voted for anyone in the last 20 years, many were not even in possession of a computer let alone a broadband account and a Facebook account.

    What we are being led to believe is that 2 million of these people, if they didn’t have access to computers all had smartphones or tablets and that each of them had enough data on Facebook that could be scraped and then analysed so that Steve Bannon and his minions could then use it to get all 2 million of these people to vote at all and then having made the decision to do so, to vote for Trump.

    I would want to see a full evidential trail, with evidence of smartphone ownership and up to date Facebook Profile membership before believing any of that.

    Prior to this latest revelation, published by the Observer, we were told that Donald Trump was put into the White House by Vladimir Putin and his cyber warriors working in “Troll factories” and creating fake news. No proof has emerged on that front either, even though it is over a year later, supposedly with probes into Trump’s son, his daughter Ivanka and his son in law Jared Kushner going on in the background.

    No properly constituted Western court would ever convict someone on this nonexistent evidence and the Observer’s finger pointing does not stand up on the balance of probabilities either.

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