Cambridge Analytica data issue

Microsoft _member
Apr 11, 2018 23 Comments

Why is everyone freaked out about this? Come on it’s not like you’ve your credit card or bank account or social security numbers stolen! Are people freaked out about the stealing of the idle chit chat you did with friends/family over cat pics? So they used some of this stupid data to probably target you for ads. So what! I bet only the techies are making all the noise here. Facebook is now used only by the older folks and half of them probably neither understand nor give a shit about this data sharing.

Please get some perspective guys and stop the unnecessary brouhaha around this. Silicon Valley is getting bored it looks like and needs some spice and Facebook fulfilled the much needed requirements for the valley.

(I’m not a fb employee)

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  • Compass / Eng
    FUPayMe

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    FUPayMemore
    Amazon and Apple sell things I want.
    Google sells what I might want.
    Facebook sells who I am.

    The issue I have is with that difference.
    Apr 11, 2018 7
    • Fitbit mahalo2
      For fucksake, Facebook doesn't sell data.
      One asshole who was an academic used the platform in a wrong way and sold the data illegally.

      And there is no difference between Google and Facebook ad targeting.
      Apr 11, 2018
    • Compass / Eng
      FUPayMe

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      FUPayMemore
      No. It isn’t 1 asshole who did this. It was a policy of fb.
      Apr 11, 2018
    • Facebook / Eng
      wooooray

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      wooooraymore
      You obviously are talking about something that you have zero idea about. Facebook never sold any data to anyone, and selling data was never a policy. Just take a minute to educate yourself before speaking with confidence.
      Apr 11, 2018
    • Facebook dunkmaster
      Troll, moron, or both this fool has no idea what he's talking about. Why would FB ever want to sell their data on you? That's their competitive advantage for their core business, ads. It makes no sense
      Apr 11, 2018
    • New / Mgmt
      startupguy

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      startupguymore
      FB doesn't sell user data, but have used user data too much for its ad service. It is a double sided sword. You guys have known the risk from the beginning.
      Apr 11, 2018
  • Microsoft hpdkq76
    I agree that's it has been blown out of proportion and it's not a big deal, but at least get your facts straight. People are not upset about being targeted by ads. They see personal ads every day on the platform so they already knew that before the scandal.

    The problem is that their data has been sold. Facebook itself doesn't sell data for ads, they sell the ads themselves. But with cambridge analytica, their data that was supposed to be used for a simple ad has been used for politics. People who didn't even use the app and didn't agree to it also got their data sold to a third party because the system Facebook had in place before 2015 was fairly stupid.

    The other point that is fairly alarming is the lack of transparency. They knew back in 2015 that the data was misused, but they didn't notify they users because they thought the data was deleted and nobody would have to know. That's unprofessional and irresponsible. Regardless of if the case is closed or not, you have a responsibility to inform the users. What they did is akin to children not telling the truth to their mother because they think she will never learn about whatever they did.

    If a company gets hacked and the credit card/passwords were compromised, you will receive an e-mail. If your data gets misued, you should receive an e-mail too. How can people be expected to trust Facebook with anything else in the future if they hid the truth one time? Maybe they do other things with your data.

    I don't think Facebook is being evil, I just think they made a stupid mistake. But at least get yout facts straight when you're complaining about people complaining.
    Apr 11, 2018 3
    • New / Eng
      Skawar

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      Skawarmore
      I like this post, very apt
      Apr 11, 2018
    • Lyft / Eng [✓]
      This is probably the most accurate explanation I've seen. Everyone else just seems to be following the mob mentality completely unaware of the truth.
      Apr 11, 2018
    • Square
      It’s Just

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      It’s Justmore
      Ie: buy the dip
      Apr 11, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng
    Hooliganss

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    Hooliganssmore
    Someone has to take blame for Clinton failing to be elected, imo.
    Apr 11, 2018 2
    • Apple Isallguud
      The data was used by Democrats too, previously. But it was ‘ok’ then...
      Apr 11, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng
      Ajfksbdjab

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      Ajfksbdjabmore
      Because they clearly said what they were using it for.
      Apr 11, 2018
  • Lyft shodan
    People accept being short, fat or one-legged, but not stupid. apparently no one can be stupid anymore, it's politically incorrect.
    Given that, how can you explain democrats seeing memes on FB and voting for Trump?
    You can't call them stupid as it'll hurt their ego. so we say they were victimized by a high tech psy op driven by block chain AI in the cloud with deep analytics.
    That shit is so bad it works on very smart people, such as democrats who vote for Trump.
    Apr 11, 2018 1
    • Microsoft / Eng 20% raise
      I don't think there were many Dems voting Trump.

      There were many Dems who followed the "Bernie or bust" meme and didn't show up to the polls.
      Apr 11, 2018
  • Microsoft @russia.co
    OP Is that you Zuck?
    Apr 11, 2018 3
    • Zillow Group sofaking
      No, he’s too busy wondering what the heck did he get all worked up for after realizing he would be fielding questions from mentally handicapped senior citizens
      Apr 11, 2018
    • LinkedIn / Eng
      Take5

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      Take5more
      The mentally handicapped citizens have the power to fuck up your business.
      Apr 11, 2018
    • Microsoft hpdkq76
      So what if they have that power? It was a shit show. They had one job to do and all they did was looking ridiculous. Some of them asked interesting accurate questions, but not many. I especially liked mr Kennedy near the end (disclaimer: not exact quotes):

      "Do you think users should have the right to delete all their data?"
      "Senator, they can already do this"
      "Ok, but what about choosing exactly who they're sharing to?"
      "Senator, like I said a MILLION TIMES TODAY, users can already do this inline"
      "Ok, so I'll keep being an idiot and ask for a couple more features that are already implemented"
      *Mark looking confused*

      Is it too hard to ask during one of the biggest tech hearing in decades for people to do their damn job? How many times did we hear "How can you make sure advertisers delete the data on their servers?" when they don't even have access to any of that data in the first place? It's fine the first time, but there's no reason to ask the same question 10 times when the answer is in favor of Zuckerberg already.

      They were being so arrogant and unprofessional too. Like asking a question "for the record" or chaining with another question immediatly after because "I don't have time" without giving Mark the chance to answer in front of Camera because the senator would look stupid to have asked such a stupid question. Or adding stupid one-sided comments/opinions after a question like "Well,I disagree think the answer to that question is yes" just to have the last word.

      That was entertaining to watch but then it became painful.
      Apr 11, 2018
  • Microsoft / Eng 20% raise
    Because it's not jews.

    We got upset about this when we heard about it on Blind over a year ago.
    Apr 11, 2018 0
  • New WTH01
    Opinion: A big deal is being made if it to provide a smokescreen for the real issue - President Obama's Chief Data Scientist saying that FB much later _allowed_ the Obama campaign to do the same thing. Which, if it is determined that this consensual rule-breaking had monetary value, is a violation of federal law.
    Apr 11, 2018 0

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