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Social Parler Linked to Cambridge Analytica

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  1. HomeCheese Black Belt

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    Looks like Parler was founded by the and backed by the same people that founded Cambridge Analytica, the Mercer family.

    "But then, on Friday, the Wall Street Journal revealed that Parler was being funded by the Mercer family, the same family who funded a bunch of pro-Trump projects, including Cambridge Analytica, Breitbart, and, well, Trump's own presidential campaign. Over the weekend, Rebekah Mercer took it up a further notch by claiming that she was the co-founder of the company along with CEO John Matze."

    what-if-cambridge-analytica-owned-own-social-network-ca-backer-rebekah-mercer-admits-shes-co-founder-parler.shtml


    Is this concerning to anyone else?
     
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  2. Mr Holmes You talking money, need a hearing aid

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    Why would it be?
     
  3. BIKES! So then I said... Platinum Member

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    Not as concerning as engaging in blatant Quid Pro Quo with Ukraine.
     
  4. Natural Order Naughty by Nurture

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    The entirety of the Divided States of Murica is a great concern for most global observers.

    It’s like you all went full retard.

    Never go full retard.
     
  5. HomeCheese Black Belt

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    How much do you know about Cambridge Analytica? Basically using meta data for social manipulation.
     
  6. HomeCheese Black Belt

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    I completely agree, people are out on the extremes. The amount of CT bullshit is staggering. They don't trust science, health experts and anyone not on their team.
     
  7. Mr Holmes You talking money, need a hearing aid

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    How much do you know about any big tech company? They all do that.
     
  8. thehighking Red Belt

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    So kinda like what google, twitter and facebook are doing?
     
  9. lilelvis Black Belt Platinum Member

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    Data mining is big business...
     
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  10. HOLA Silver Belt

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    Sounds like data harvesting of useful idiots. Apparently you even need a photo ID and SSN for premium accounts? looooool. Then they'll post on Parler about how they're tired of evil billionaires trying to control them - George Soros and Bill Gates!
     
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  11. thehighking Red Belt

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    People believe in conspiracies because conspiracies actually happen quite regularly. It's important not to immediately dismiss them when there's always an agenda in play. Propaganda is more widespread today than it ever was and it seems to have reached every part of society.
     
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    “In an ever-changing, incomprehensible world the masses had reached the point where they would, at the same time, believe everything and nothing, think that everything was possible and that nothing was true. ... Mass propaganda discovered that its audience was ready at all times to believe the worst, no matter how absurd, and did not particularly object to being deceived because it held every statement to be a lie anyhow.

    The totalitarian mass leaders based their propaganda on the correct psychological assumption that, under such conditions, one could make people believe the most fantastic statements one day, and trust that if the next day they were given irrefutable proof of their falsehood, they would take refuge in cynicism; instead of deserting the leaders who had lied to them, they would protest that they had known all along that the statement was a lie and would admire the leaders for their superior tactical cleverness.”

    Hannah Arendt
     
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  13. HomeCheese Black Belt

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    Cambridge analytica actually got a lot of their data from Facebook. They told them it was for academic purposes but they actually intended to use the data to influence election.

    This from the Wiki:

    Cambridge Analytica Ltd (CA) was a British political consulting firm that was involved in influencing hundreds of elections globally and that came to prominence through the Facebook–Cambridge Analytica data scandal. It was started in 2013[6] as a subsidiary of the private intelligence company and self-described "global election management agency" SCL Group by long-time SCL executives Nigel Oakes, Alexander Nix and Alexander Oakes, with Nix as CEO.[6] The company had close ties to the Conservative Party (UK), the British royal family and the British military.[7] The firm maintained offices in London, New York City, and Washington, DC.[8] The company closed operations in 2018 in the course of the Facebook–Cambridge Analytica data scandal, although related firms still exist.[9]

    The company's owners included several of the Conservative Party's largest donors such as billionaire Vincent Tchenguiz, former British Conservative minister Jonathan Marland, Baron Marland[10] and the family of American hedge fund manager Robert Mercer.[11][12] The company combined misappropriation of digital assets, data mining, data brokerage, and data analysiswith strategic communication during electoral processes.[13][14] While its parent SCL had focused on influencing elections in developing countries since the 1990s, Cambridge focused more on the western world, including the United Kingdom and the United States; CEO Alexander Nix has said CA was involved in 44 U.S. political races in 2014.[15] In 2015, CA performed data analysis services for Ted Cruz's presidential campaign.[12] In 2016, CA worked for Donald Trump's presidential campaign[16] as well as for Leave.EU (one of the organisations campaigning in the United Kingdom's referendum on European Union membership). CA's role in those campaigns has been controversial and is the subject of ongoing inquiries in both countries.[17][18][19] Political scientists question CA's claims about the effectiveness of its methods of targeting voters.[20][21]

    In March 2018, multiple media outlets broke news of Cambridge Analytica's business practices. The New York Times and The Observer reported that the company had acquired and used personal data about Facebook users from an external researcher who had told Facebook he was collecting it for academic purposes.[22] Shortly afterwards, Channel 4 News aired undercover investigative videos showing Nix boasting about using prostitutes, bribery sting operations, and honey traps to discredit politicians on whom it conducted opposition research, and saying that the company "ran all of (Donald Trump's) digital campaign". In response to the media reports, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) of the UK pursued a warrant to search the company's servers.[23][24] Facebook banned Cambridge Analytica from advertising on its platform, saying that it had been deceived.[25][26] On 23 March 2018, the British High Court granted the ICO a warrant to search Cambridge Analytica's London offices.[27] As a result, Nix was suspended as CEO, and replaced by Julian Wheatland.[28]

    The personal data of up to 87 million[29] Facebook users were acquired via the 270,000 Facebook users who used a Facebook app called "This Is Your Digital Life."[30] By giving this third-party app permission to acquire their data, back in 2015, this also gave the app access to information on the user's friends network; this resulted in the data of about 87 million users, the majority of whom had not explicitly given Cambridge Analytica permission to access their data, being collected. The app developer breached Facebook's terms of service by giving the data to Cambridge Analytica.[31]

    On 1 May 2018, Cambridge Analytica and its parent company filed for insolvency proceedings and closed operations.[32][33] Alexander Tayler, a former director for Cambridge Analytica, was appointed director of Emerdata on 28 March 2018.[34] Rebekah Mercer, Jennifer Mercer, Alexander Nix and Johnson Chun Shun Ko [zh], who has links to American businessman Erik Prince, are in leadership positions at Emerdata.[35][36] The Russo brothers are producing an upcoming film on Cambridge Analytica.[37][38][11] In 2019 the Federal Trade Commission filed an administrative complaint against Cambridge Analytica for misuse of data.[39] In 2020, the British Information Commissioner's Office closed a three-year inquiry into the company, concluded that Cambridge Analytica was "not involved" in the 2016 Brexit referendum and found no evidence for Russia's alleged interference during the campaign.[40]
     
  14. thehighking Red Belt

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    So exactly like twitter, google and facebook influenced the election. Btw wikipedia is in line with twitter, google and facebook. They are extremely biased towards liberals/Democrats and are not a trustworthy source. I believe you in this instance but Wikipedia attempted to influence the election also. They claimed Trump colluding with Russia as fact and claimed the Hunter Biden dealings with Ukraine as unproven. The bias is extremely obvious with Wikipedia.
     
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  15. HomeCheese Black Belt

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    No, Cambridge Analytica was not exactly like twitter or Facebook. You are missing the details.

    Sorry no one believes the lies from Team Trump.
     
  16. HOLA Silver Belt

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    What ever happened to your safe space, Conservapedia? Is that still going on? it was hilarious!
     
  17. Mr Holmes You talking money, need a hearing aid

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    This is actually much worse but doesn't involve orange man bad:

    https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/facebook-data-scandal-trump-election-obama-2012/
    Privacy: Facebook faces what some are calling an "existential crisis" over revelations that its user data fell into the hands of the Trump campaign. Whether or not the attacks on the social media giant are justified, the fact is that the Obama campaign used Facebook (FB) data in the same way in 2012. But the reaction from the pundits and press back then was, shall we say, somewhat different.
     
  18. Amerikuracana Plutonium Belt

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    Underrated comment
     
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  19. HomeCheese Black Belt

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    Unless you have more info then no it's not worse at all. The way Cambridge used the data was much different. Further, Obama's team accessed data via their supporters who had downloaded their app. Cambridge used lies to acquire data for all Facebook users. To name just a few differences.
     
  20. Kandyland Brown Belt

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    Independent thought is dangerous for Liberals. Just act outraged.
     
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