The Republicans do not have that information and will not get that information. I’m a Democrat, so maybe I could argue that’s a great thing, but really it’s not, in the overall process. That wasn’t thought all the way through and now there’s a disadvantage of information that to me seems unfair. But I’m not Facebook…
Carol Davidsen, Barack Obama’s former director for media analytics
In a series of tweets this week, Davidsen said that Facebook was “surprised” that the Obama campaign was able to “suck out the entire social graph” (a Facebook user’s network of friends), but did nothing to stop them once they found out, Breitbart reported.
Davidsen says that this gave the Democrats a massive advantage, as the Republicans did not gain access to the same data before Facebook shut off the feature. She bragged that Facebook was “on their side.”
Back in 2013, the NY Times praised the Obama campaign as “digital masterminds.”
They started with a list that grew to a million people who had signed into the campaign Web site through Facebook. When people opted to do so, they were met with a prompt asking to grant the campaign permission to scan their Facebook friends lists, their photos and other personal information. In another prompt, the campaign asked for access to the users’ Facebook news feeds, which 25 percent declined, St. Clair said.
Once permission was granted, the campaign had access to millions of names and faces they could match against their lists of persuadable voters, potential donors, unregistered voters and so on.
According to a code writer on the Obama campaign, Facebook engineers would sigh and say, “You can do this as long as you stop doing it on Nov. 7.“
But now that the Trump campaign allegedly used Cambridge Analytica for data in the 2016 campaign, the liberal media has forgotten their heaps of praise bestowed upon the data-mining masterminds of the Obama campaign–selective amnesia or because Cambridge Analytica isn’t on “their side?”
According to CNN: “Much of the scrutiny on Cambridge has focused on the seemingly unethical practices it used to collect Facebook data and potentially influence American voters.” Where was the scrutiny in 2013?
No apologies from Zuckerberg and typical double standards from the Democrats and the main stream media.