What to do about Facebook? Let users decide – What to do about Facebook? Let users decide

Congress is holding several hearings on Facebook, all emanating from the revelation that Cambridge Analytica improperly obtained data on Facebook users and used it to assist the Trump campaign.
People have expressed outrage, senators have threatened Facebook with regulations, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is opening an investigation. Before Congress and the FTC go very far, it would be good to look at what’s really happened.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at Facebook Inc’s annual F8 developers conference. REUTERS
What Cambridge Analytica did has been done before without objection
Several political campaigns have used Facebook user data. The best-known and probably most effective political use of Facebook and other data analytics were President Obama’s campaigns.
These campaigns were uniquely capable at obtaining and leveraging Facebook and its data. Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes helped assemble the new media strategy for Obama’s US Senate and 2008 presidential campaigns. Obama’s 2012 campaign took social media and data

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