by Daveda Gruber:

Did you hear all the news media rants that President Trump’s campaign used Facebook to help them win? It’s kind of ironic that every time the Democrats try to blame Trump for something including the ‘dossier, it seems to hit them back in the head tenfold?

Well, controversy over Cambridge Analytics’ alleged misuse of Facebook data keeps growing. Other groups’ use of the social network have also been shoved into the public eye. Former President Barack Obama’s 2012 presidential election campaign came into the limelight.

Reports have surfaced that data mining firm Cambridge Analytica, which has ties to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential election campaign, improperly used information from more than 50 million Facebook accounts.

Facebook has since removed the company from the social network.

The U.K. firm denies any wrongdoing. The firm describes itself as “a data-driven communications and marketing agency.”

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg invited developers to build businesses using Facebook data, for practical purposes, letting them tap in to users’ lists of friends, ‘likes’ and interests.

During the company’s 2010 developer conference, Zuckerberg advanced the idea. He said the company was loosening up the grip on storing user data.

Zuckerberg said, “We’ve had this policy where you can’t store or cache data for any longer than 24 hours, and we’re going to go ahead and get rid of that policy.”

The social network stiffened its policy in 2015 but the present scandal has given light to how Facebook data has been used in the past.

Carol Davidsen, the former director of integration and media analytics at Obama for America, explained on Twitter, how the 2012 campaign connected Facebook’s Application Programming Interface (API) to access the company’s “social graph” that maps users’ connections.

This made it possible for the campaign to access information on users’ friends when they used the Facebook log-in button to open the campaign’s website.

From Twitter:

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg have been criticized for their silence over the controversy.

There is a crying out for tighter controls on the social network.

Marty P. Kamden, chief marketing officer of cybersecurity firm NordVPN, said in a statement, “Recent revelations about the abuse of Facebook’s user data screams for regulation.”

As early as Wednesday, Facebook officials will meet with aides from the House Judiciary Committee to discuss the data mining controversy.

NordVPN is recommending that users revoke access to Facebook applications that are no longer in use. Also discouraging suspicious apps that offer users to get “likes,” followers or view private accounts on Instagram.

Instagram is owned by Facebook.

So, are we all being targeted? I don’t mind if Trump people know what I do but I sure do mind if Facebook restricts me from voicing my opinion and they do it all the time.

I am the ‘chief editor’ at the ‘The Trump Times’. I adore journalism. Politics seems to be my preferred genre although I do not hesitate to write anything that strikes me as interesting. Researching and finding ‘Breaking News’ makes my blood rush. I’ve written seventeen books and over that including books in conglomeration with others, mostly for charity.
Doing graphic art design has always been fun for me. Sometimes I incorporate this talent into my articles or when a special ‘feature picture’ is required.

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You can always find my articles on TheTrumpTimes.com

I am the 'chief editor' at the 'The Trump Times'. I adore journalism. Politics seems to be my preferred genre although I do not hesitate to write anything that strikes me as interesting. Researching and finding 'Breaking News' makes my blood rush. I've written seventeen books and over that including books in conglomeration with others, mostly for charity. Doing graphic art design has always been fun for me. Sometimes I incorporate this talent into my articles or when a special 'feature picture' is required. You can find me tweeting on: https://twitter.com/DavedaGruber or posting on: https://www.facebook.com/daveda.gruber You can always find my articles on TheTrumpTimes.com

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