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Rigged Election? Voter Fraud? Rigged Polls?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2018 4:47 am    Post subject: Yes, Russia Likely Did Swing Votes For Trump Reply with quote

Yes, Russia Likely Did Swing Votes For Donald Trump
S.V. Date, HuffPost•February 24, 2018

WASHINGTON ― As John Bentley waited in line to see President Barack Obama campaign for Hillary Clinton just days before the 2016 election, he worried that he’d been unable to persuade his son to cast a ballot for Clinton, too.

The 24-year-old believed Clinton was untrustworthy, with new emails released by WikiLeaks providing fresh proof on a daily basis.

“Can you believe it?” wondered Bentley, a 70-year-old African-American man and a lifelong Democrat.

Fifteen months later, special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation has found that the skepticism that afflicted people like Bentley’s son was no fluke. It was the result of deliberate efforts by the Russian government to hurt Clinton and help Donald Trump win the presidency ― efforts that included the targeting of young African-Americans like Bentley’s son.

“Defendants and their co-conspirators began to encourage U.S. minority groups not to vote in the 2016 U.S. presidential election or to vote for a third-party U.S. presidential candidate,” according to a Feb. 16 grand jury indictment obtained by Mueller.

In fact, the day before Obama visited Jacksonville, Florida, to support Clinton, Russians purchased an ad for the Instagram account of a fake group called Blacktivist. It urged African-Americans to vote for a third-party candidate. “Choose peace and vote for Jill Stein. Trust me, it’s not a wasted vote,” the ad read, according to Mueller’s indictment.

It is impossible to know precisely how many voters nationally stayed home or voted for a third-party candidate because of the Russians’ social media campaign. Nevertheless, the details from the indictment raise new questions about the legitimacy of Trump’s victory.
    There’s no question that it mattered. There’s no question that they thought it mattered.
    Democratic pollster Mark Mellman

While Trump maintains there is no proof that the Russian assistance affected the election, the contours of that final month of campaigning and the closeness of the tally suggest that the opposite is true: that it is highly unlikely the Russian efforts did not affect the outcome.

“There’s no question that it mattered,” said Democratic pollster Mark Mellman. “There’s no question that they thought it mattered. There’s no question that the Hillary Clinton folks thought it mattered.”

Over the entire final month of the race, Trump essentially centered his campaign on talking about the emails stolen by Russian intelligence and then released through its allied group WikiLeaks. The messages, which were sent to and from Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, cast Clinton in a bad light. “We love WikiLeaks!” Trump would tell his rally crowds and live TV audiences, urging them to go to the website and read the emails for themselves. “Boy, do we love WikiLeaks.”

https://www.yahoo.com/news/yes-russia-likely-did-swing-100113954.html
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 2:52 pm    Post subject: Facebook suspends data firm tied to Trump campaign Reply with quote

Facebook Suspends Cambridge Analytica as Data Firm Accused of Harvesting 50 Million Users’ Data

Cambridge Analytica, a data firm tied to President Trump's presidential campaign, has been accused of harvesting the user data of millions of people to influence elections. Facebook announced it was suspending the company late Friday, saying the measure was in response to the data firm improperly storing the user data of 270,000 people for years after promising to delete it. On Saturday, however, sources cited by The New York Times said the suspension went far beyond simple policy violations, with the data firm accused of stealing the personal information of at least 50 million Facebook users with the goal of influencing elections. The personal data was reportedly obtained under the guise of a personality-prediction app by Cambridge professor Aleksandr Kogan, who is accused of conspiring with Cambridge Analytica to unlawfully glean users' information and build psychological profiles. The data analysis company has faced increasing scrutiny in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe for its work with President Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Facebook has also come under fire for its role in allowing Russian ads to flourish during the election, and some questioned why the social media giant took so long to take action against Cambridge Analytica. Sen. Mark Warner told The Daily Beast the latest accusations are “more evidence that the online political advertising market is essentially the Wild West.” “Whether it’s allowing Russians to purchase political ads, or extensive micro-targeting based on ill-gotten user data, it's clear that, left unregulated, this market will continue to be prone to deception and lacking in transparency,” he said.

--with reporting by Spencer Ackerman (NY Times article)

https://www.thedailybeast.com/facebook-suspends-data-firm-tied-to-trumps-campaign

Facebook suspends data firm tied to Trump campaign
CBS News
Published on Mar 17, 2018
Facebook has suspended a data firm that worked with President Trump's campaign team over a violation of the site's privacy policies. The Guardian is reporting that Cambridge Analytica used personal information from Facebook profiles of millions of U.S. voters without permission. David Carroll, an associate professor at Parsons School of Design, joins CBSN to discuss.

https://youtu.be/Xq8-QJvIu3Y


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 3:01 pm    Post subject: Social Media Reply with quote

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Cambridge Analytica, a data firm tied to President Trump's presidential campaign, has been accused of harvesting the user data of millions of people to influence elections. Facebook announced it was suspending the company late Friday, saying the measure was in response to the data firm improperly storing the user data of 270,000 people for years after promising to delete it.

That is why I'm not on any of those social media (I don't think we can call our rinky dinky little forum here a "social media" per se, and we don't collect data on our members). Actually, I'll probably be the last person on the planet not to be on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or whatever. I'm active on YouTube, but my real name doesn't appear anywhere. Cool

There's enough loss of privacy as it is with smartphones, Google, Apple and the like. Pale sigh
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 3:44 pm    Post subject: The Controversial Data Firm Which Helped Trump Win WH Reply with quote

Facebook Suspends Cambridge Analytica, The Controversial Data Firm Which Helped Trump Win the White House
By Tom Porter and Reuters On 3/17/18 at 7:44 AM

Facebook on Friday said it was suspending political data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked for President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign, after finding data privacy policies had been violated.

Facebook said in a statement that it suspended Cambridge Analytica and its parent group Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL) after receiving reports that they did not delete information about Facebook users that was inappropriately shared.

Facebook did not mention the Trump campaign or any political campaigns in its statement, attributed to company Deputy General Counsel Paul Grewal.

“We will take legal action if necessary to hold them responsible and accountable for any unlawful behavior,” Facebook said, adding that it was continuing to investigate the claims.

In a statement to the BBC, Cambridge Analytica said it deleted "all the data it had received" when it was told the information was obtained in breach of Facebook's terms of service.

"For the avoidance of doubt, no data [from Prof Kogan] was used in the work we did in the 2016 US presidential election," it added.

Cambridge Analytica worked for the failed presidential campaign of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and then for the presidential campaign of Donald Trump. On its website, it says it “provided the Donald J. Trump for President campaign with the expertise and insights that helped win the White House”.

Brad Parscale, who ran Trump’s digital ad operation in 2016 and is his 2020 campaign manager, declined to comment on Friday.

In past interviews with Reuters, Parscale has said that Cambridge Analytica played a minor role as a contractor in the 2016 Trump campaign, and that the campaign used voter data from a Republican-affiliated organization rather than Cambridge Analytica.

Facebook’s Grewal said the company was taking the unusual step of announcing the suspension “given the public prominence” of Cambridge Analytica and its parent organization.

The suspension means Cambridge Analytica and SCL cannot buy ads on the world’s largest social media network or administer pages belonging to clients, Andrew Bosworth, a Facebook vice president, said in a Twitter post.

Trump’s campaign hired Cambridge Analytica in June 2016 and paid it more than $6.2 million, according to Federal Election Commission records.

Cambridge Analytica says it uses “behavioral microtargeting”, or combining analysis of people’s personalities with demographics, to predict and influence mass behavior. It says it has data on 220 million Americans, two thirds of the U.S. population.

It has worked on other campaigns in the United States and other countries, and it is funded by Robert Mercer, a prominent supporter of politically conservative groups.

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon was on its board of directors. It also played a role in the U.K.'s June 2016 Brexit referendum, after being hired by campaign group which advocated for Britain's exit from the European Union.

Facebook in its statement described a rocky relationship with Cambridge Analytica and two individuals going back to 2015.

That year, Facebook said, it learned that University of Cambridge professor Aleksandr Kogan lied to the company and violated its policies by sharing data that he acquired with a so-called “research app” that used Facebook’s login system.

Kogan was not immediately available for comment.

The app was downloaded by about 270,000 people. Facebook said that Kogan gained access to profile and other information "in a legitimate way" but "he did not subsequently abide by our rules" when he passed the data to SCL/Cambridge Analytica and Christopher Wylie of Eunoia Technologies.

Eunoia did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Facebook said it cut ties to Kogan’s app when it learned of the violation in 2015, and asked for certification from Kogan and all parties he had given data to that the information had been destroyed.

Although all certified that they had destroyed the data, Facebook said that it received reports in the past several days that “not all data was deleted”, prompting the suspension announced on Friday.

http://www.newsweek.com/facebook-suspends-cambridge-analytica-controversial-data-firm-which-helped-850072
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:24 pm    Post subject: Russia involved- Reply with quote

Russia was involved in the election.

They supplied information to Chris Steele, the retired British spy.

He passed it along to Senator McCain, several media outlets, Fusion GPS and the FBI.

The FBI showed it to President Trump.

Fusion GPS paid for it with funds from Hillary, the Democratic National Committee and President Obama. (All information confirmed or released by Michael Isikoff).
Yup, Russia was involved.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2018 2:15 am    Post subject: Facebook under fire from U.S., U.K. lawmakers Reply with quote

Facebook's Zuckerberg comes under fire from UK, US lawmakers
JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press 7 hours ago

LONDON (AP) — Lawmakers on both sides of the Atlantic criticized Facebook and its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, after reports surfaced that another company, Cambridge Analytica, improperly harvested information from 50 million Facebook users.

A British lawmaker accused Facebook on Sunday of misleading officials by downplaying the risk of users' data being shared without their consent.

Conservative legislator Damian Collins, who heads the British Parliament's media committee, said he would ask Zuckerberg or another Facebook executive to appear before his panel, which is investigating disinformation and "fake news."

Collins said Facebook has "consistently understated" the risk of data leaks and gave misleading answers to the committee.

"Someone has to take responsibility for this," he said. "It's time for Mark Zuckerberg to stop hiding behind his Facebook page."

Collins also accused the head of the U.K.-based data firm Cambridge Analytica, Alexander Nix, of lying. Nix told the committee last month that his firm had not received data from a researcher accused of obtaining millions of Facebook users' personal information.

In Washington, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat from Minnesota, said on Twitter that Zuckerberg "needs to testify before Senate Judiciary."

"This is a major breach that must be investigated," Klobuchar, a member of the Judiciary Committee, said. "It's clear these platforms can't police themselves."

Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, echoed Klobuchar's complaint.

"This is more evidence that the online political advertising market is essentially the Wild West," he said. "It's clear that, left unregulated, this market will continue to be prone to deception and lacking in transparency."

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said on Twitter that "Massachusetts residents deserve answers" and announced that her office will investigate.

The officials reacted to reports in The New York Times and The Guardian of London that Cambridge Analytica, which is best known for working on President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, had improperly obtained Facebook user data and retained it after claiming it had deleted the information.

Former Cambridge Analytica employee Chris Wylie said that the company obtained information from 50 million Facebook users, using it to build psychological profiles so voters could be targeted with ads and stories.

Wylie told Britain's Channel 4 news that the company was able to amass a huge database very quickly from an app developed by an academic that vacuumed up data from Facebook users who agreed to fill out a survey, as well as their friends and contacts — a process of which most were unaware.

"Imagine I go and ask you: I say, 'Hey, if I give you a dollar, two dollars, could you fill up this survey for me, just do it on this app', and you say, 'Fine,'" he said. "I don't just capture what your responses are, I capture all of the information about you from Facebook. But also this app then crawls through your social network and captures all of that data also."

Wylie said that allowed the company to get roughly "50 million plus" Facebook records in several months and he criticized Facebook for facilitating the process.

"Why Facebook didn't make more inquiries when they started seeing that, you know, tens of millions of records were being pulled this way, I don't know," he said.

Lawmaker Collins said he would summon Nix to reappear before the Parliament committee.

"It seems clear that he has deliberately misled the committee and Parliament by giving false statements," Collins said.

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/uk-lawmaker-says-facebook-misled-124552380.html
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2018 12:46 am    Post subject: Dirty tricks Reply with quote

Exposed: Trump Digital Firm Caught On Tape Touting Dirty Tricks
MSNBC
Published on Mar 19, 2018
Undercover camera catches an executive at the Trump digital firm, Cambridge Analytica, bragging about entrapping political rivals and using misinformation to win campaigns. Congressman Mike Quigley. a member of the House Intelligence Committee calls on Facebook to testify saying, “we need to ask Facebook…how did this happen?”

https://youtu.be/vEbc-GAGscs


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 4:33 am    Post subject: Rigged election in Russia Reply with quote

Countless Russians Caught on Video Stuffing Multiple Ballots
David Pakman Show
Published on Mar 20, 2018
--After Russian President Vladimir Putin "won re-election" with a record high 77% of the vote, dozens of videos showing ballot stuffing have surfaced

https://youtu.be/tV33t8puzjM


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 4:38 am    Post subject: Facebook Data Massively Obtained & Misused Reply with quote

Facebook Data Massively Obtained & Misused by Cambridge Analytica
David Pakman Show
Published on Mar 20, 2018
--Facebook is caught massively misusing user data in connection with the 2016 US election, in relation to Trump campaign consultant Cambridge Analytica

https://youtu.be/qSrOcqi8ZXQ


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 4:41 am    Post subject: Trump Consultants Caught Using Blackmail, Fake News Reply with quote

Trump Consultants Caught Using Prostitutes, Blackmail, Fake News
David Pakman Show
Published on Mar 20, 2018
--A major UK Channel 4 investigation exposes that Trump campaign consultants Cambridge Analytica admitted to hiring prostitutes, using blackmail, fake news, and bribes in their work with political candidates around the world

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