Obama's Former Campaign Director Makes Bombshell Claim: Facebook Was "On Our Side"

The recent controversy and escalating scandal over Facebook's decision to ban Trump-linked political data firm Cambridge Analytica over the use of data harvested through a personality app under the guise of academic research has opened a veritable Pandora's box of scandal for the Silicon Valley social media giant. 

Carol Davidsen, who served as Obama's director of integration and media analytics during his 2012 campaign (in her LinkedIn profile she says she was responsible for "The Optimizer" & "Narwhal" big data analytics platforms), claims - with evidence, that Facebook found out about a massive data-mining operation they were conducting to "suck out the whole social graph" in order to target potential voters. After Facebook found out, they knowingly allowed them to continue doing it because they were supportive of the campaign. 

"[M]ore than 1 million Obama backers who signed up for the [Facebook-based app] gave the campaign permission to look at their Facebook friend lists. In an instant, the campaign had a way to see the hidden young voters. Roughly 85% of those without a listed phone number could be found in the uploaded friend lists. What’s more, Facebook offered an ideal way to reach them," reads an article Davidsen posted as a prelude to her postings. 

In a series of Sunday night tweets, Davidsen explained how the Obama campaign was able to use Facebook data to "append to our email lists."

When Facebook found out about the data mining for political purposes - the same thing they just banned Cambridge Analytica for doing, they "didn't stop us."

Facebook even "came to office in the days following election recruiting & were very candid that they allowed us to do things they wouldn't have allowed someone else to do because they were on our side."  

So - it seems that Facebook has selective standards when it comes to their data collection policy. 

Cambridge Analytica bought data harvested using a personality app called "thisisyourdigitallife," created by two psychology professors. When CA was asked to stop and delete all of the harvested data, they did - however Facebook banned Cambridge Analytics and their parent company SCL after an anonymous source which Facebook won't disclose reported that not all of the data had been deleted. 

So the 2012 Obama campaign was scraping data from Facebook, got caught, and was specifically told they were allowed to do things "they wouldn't have allowed someone else to do because they were on our side."

Davidsen then tweeted "I am also 100% positive that Facebook activity recruits and staffs people that are on the other side."

Funny she should say that!

Turns out one of the two founding directors of Global Science Research (GSR), which sold the data to Cambridge Analyticsis employed by Facebook!

Joseph Chancellor was one of two founding directors of Global Science Research (GSR), the company that harvested Facebook data using a personality app under the guise of academic research and later shared the data with Cambridge Analytica.

He was hired to work at Facebook as a quantitative social psychologist around November 2015, roughly two months after leaving GSR, which had by then acquired data on millions of Facebook users.

Chancellor is still working as a researcher at Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters in California, where psychologists frequently conduct research and experiments using the company’s vast trove of data on more than 2 billion users. -The Guardian.

And as the broader public has merely scratched the surface of the tangled webs politicized social media platforms weave, Facebook's Chief Security Officer has already decided to get the hell out of dodge. One can only imagine what some real digging would unveil.

Comments

Keyser Bes Mon, 03/19/2018 - 21:53 Permalink

That is some admission... She is either stupid or has a huge amount of hubris... I vote for both... 

Sorry Bes, you can try to divert attention from leftist collusion, but your petticoat is showing... 

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RAT005 SethPoor Mon, 03/19/2018 - 21:59 Permalink

What was the lady's motivation to make such an announcement?

Maybe she's doing a little home project and needs to borrow the Clinton's nailgun.

Edit: Answer to my question....this speech is from June 7, 2015.  She didn't know what was coming down the pipe....

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Creative_Destruct IridiumRebel Tue, 03/20/2018 - 00:47 Permalink

" So here’s Trump, doesn’t know which way is up, he’s an idiot, he’s an embarrassment, but look at what he did. He literally stole a presidential election, and he did it with his buddies the Russians, and there isn’t a shred of evidence."

The blow-back onto these Deep-State, Globalist, Open Borders, Elitist, Leftist, lamebrains is ramping up.... the complete discrediting of their Trump hit-job may come just in time for the mid-term elections.

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Endgame Napoleon y3maxx Mon, 03/19/2018 - 23:21 Permalink

Did Obama use FB as the primary tool in his box to win his elections? I do not think so, certainly not in the 2008 campaign. They were known for a ground operation in places like Iowa. Maybe, they used FB to arrange meet ups or something, but their campaigning was known for its face-to-face element and big speeches. Trump was the first to use social media as a principle campaigning method, not FB, though........Tweeter. 

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j0nx Endgame Napoleon Tue, 03/20/2018 - 07:46 Permalink

Agreed. I saw a lot of this in Virginia last November when the only people knocking on my door were people stumping for Northam and Fairfax. The GOP was totally MIA with their dipshit RINO candidates.The dem ground game was huge last election and they won handily and damn near swept the GA to boot. Unprecedented in a single election here. This fall will be a bloodbath for conservatives if they don't unite around the party and stop with the anti-Trump shit.

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LyLo Endgame Napoleon Tue, 03/20/2018 - 08:31 Permalink

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2008/nov/07/barackobama-uselecti…

According to the MSM, yes he did.  Also yes, the entire ground operation was coordinated through Facebag, which was handing the campaign data about their users.  This is all stuff they bragged about just a few years ago.  Maxine Waters even had some rather famous comments on the subject.  What's good for the goose, something something...  

And honestly, Trump didn't even need to campaign after the "deplorables" comment from Hillary.  He had the election in the bag from that moment on, and kinda acted like it.  This is such a basic rule of politics I'm not sure anyone even bothered to mention it to poor Hillary: don't openly insult over half of the electorate.  I mean, it's just fucking basic math at that point.

Trump ran a very traditional campaign, really.  There was some fuckery on the interwebs, but seemingly not from the Trump campaign or even their allies, and nothing like 2008. 

BTW, I was a registered Democrat then, so please don't try to lecture me about fuckery: I got to watch a Clinton try to take out a black guy, up close and personal.  Ya'll know how the Clintons feel about that...  Now imagine it from the inside.  For the record, her campaign were the first birthers and the origin of the crypto-muslim claims, and any Democrat that says otherwise is a flagrant liar.  (I supported Edwards: for all his problems, the others were acting like slimy criminals.  The worst part?  To this day I find Edwards the least creepy of all the 2008 DNC primary candidates...)

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Zer0head RAT005 Mon, 03/19/2018 - 22:03 Permalink

good question

and the Obama team and Zucks sister used to brag about their data mining capabilities

but WTF is she doing bailing out Trump unless she's got an anchor attached to her ankle.

And what of that bearded beta dude who says he was the brains of this operation shouldn't he be extradited from the UK back to the US for high treason?

 

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