Cambridge Analytica whistleblower: 'We spent $1m harvesting millions of Facebook profiles'

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ARXV Photo : The interviewer could’ve ask much better questions. Like specifics on how they used and gathered data.

Okiha Addict : I don't think people understand the seriousness of this, they could as well just put a pill in my drink and torture me for information. They have done the same thing here, just in a more comfortable way. Facebook is a crazy company run by a crazy CEO.

Commando Master : If you post your personal info online, you are at risk of your info getting taken and used without your consent for any purpose.

Doug Campbell : I think this guy blows whistles daily.........

Jonathan Brady : I deleted my Facebook profile over 2 years ago when I realized how I was being manipulated and targeted. I'm much happier since.

tofolux : NSA to Cambridge Analytica.... hold my beer

Justin DeFouw : Ads did not change my mind. Sorry but if you can be played by 'ads' or 'news' then you don't deserve to vote. Do your own research.

GrungeRockGod : I mean the person responsible for hiring this guy couldn't tell my guy over here complete with pink hair, a nose ring, and hipster glasses wasn't going to be a whistle blower? oof

Solve Everything : Why are people even using facebook? Delete everything.

Bryan K : Everyone shut up! The media isn’t finished telling us what to think...

Henry Zhang : This guy is epic, love the word he use, great explanation.

Jovani Olivares : I thought everyone already knew this??

Emma Klinsmann : kinda ironic that a company that is about bringing people together through connection and shared experience is actually dividing and fragmenting and molding them all for money.

Hanny Hawkins : Every citizen of every democracy needs too watch and understand this interview. This is why Brexit. This is what got Trump elected. This is warfare against democracies. It’s real. It’s happening now. It matters.

Half Code : Guardian are trying to hack politics with this "leak" from a punk commie. There is nothing described here that isn't bog standard marketing in the modern era.

Jorge Bruno : Guys! It's surprising that you are all surprised about this... Once your data leaves your computer, it is not private anymore. Forget about companies worrying about your privacy and governments securing your data. That is absolute nonsense. You want your data being private? Unplug from the internet. Simple. Otherwise, keep calm and carry on.

P.L. Huddleston : Wonder how much this guy made off this whole thing before becoming a whistleblower to protect himself?

Generic Name : *Entire media companies rally against Trump* Silence *Cambridge Analytica* Watergate 3.0

shmackatrotsky : Who knew that Cambridge Soundworks and Audio Technica would merge to form such a powerful adversary to modern, democratic nation-states? Not I, said the fly.

15 Seconds of INSTA Fame : I’m confused, during the election all you saw were articles stating trump was a sexist, racist, blah blah blah but somehow someone interfered with this to help Trump win?

K P : Honestly, is this actual news to you? Do you find this shocking? Data mining/harvesting is NOT new. It's been used by Governments, Marketing experts and anyone who wants to sell a product or idea. This guy, in my opinion has 'overstated' how vulnerable and stupid we are and how 'powerful' his weapon is, in my opinion. How many people get their voting and other opinions on just Facebook alone? If they want to investigate how data was collected for Trump then they need to do it for others. This is not new people, wake up! Facebook is the REAL enemy of the people here. They ALLOWED it to happen right under their noses. This Company Cambridge found a 'loophole' and exploited it. They are my friends simply HUMAN and this is BUSINESS!

Carla Holley : So, at no point did Wylie stop and think "I'm working for evil"?

Maria : I hope FB faces massive backlash & is legally punished/sued!They have been misleading the public since bush/obama's presidency.

Johnny Zito : I signed off facebook two months ago and I'm never going back. It's crazy that those annoying personality quizzes really did turn out to be the downfall of humanity.

Lapsy Pa : he does a good English accent

Error Eliminator : Who knew facebook doesn't care about privacy? Jeez... everyone knows but most still used it... Explain that to me!!!

Zachary Vorhies : Media: 2012: 'How Obama used big data to reach new voters." Media: 2017: 'Trump has weaponized big data to subvert democracy.' Same process. Different narratives. Why is this?

Emma Klinsmann : how can most people not see facebbok's real twisted objectives and its bad influence on our lives years ago?

Elias Ben : So this is the same plot as the James Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies, where a billionaire mogul attempts to sway public opinion.

Suhail Sofi : Left Facebook 6 years ago, Totally worth it

SantaMuerte livE : This day in age anyone with that color hair can't be trusted

Charlie Schorr-Kon : I wonder if this guy is a plant...

Anurag George Ekka : so you basically saying you got hold of the memes I was watching and based on that did target advertising to 50 million people, what did you show the people... cute cats with donald trump wig... you are right about one thing, lets see the world with a healthy skepticism and my spidey sense says that algorithms that can sway something as integral as political beliefs are not a walk in the park... and if your data scientist did actually figure something like this out, screw the scadal I call for a Nobel Prize.

Unicum : Thats it. I'm closing my Facebook account

Louis-David Doyon : I think it settles the battle between freewill vs determinism! How much of what we do is being influenced or manipulated?? Who controls the information controls the future, pretty simple fact of life. One could say;" I have nothing to hide", might be true, but you have everything to protect!!

HALE IRWIN : No wonder Facebook started to "filtered out comments" on certain threads. They only show you comments you "need" to see based on the data they get from you.

Iceslab : Lol always thought it insane that companies could harvest your data without paying you a cent. Completely insane.

Adam B : He’s no hero for comming out and saying all this, he’s as big of a part to play in all this

GlennPaulWills : Cambridge Analytica + Steve Bannon = Techno Nazis

Mineav : Just remember: Facebook has ALL the info on all 2.6 BILLION of Facebook accounts that exist. Only who doesn't think that Facebook haven't been or aren't attempting to make the same 'social weapons' are incredibly naive. Stop putting your own private info on 'social' media for free. You own it. They should pay for it, at the very least. For the love of god, stop giving away your private info away for free. Did people really not even think what FB itself would do with all the data they collect? What CA did is scratching the surface.

Matthew Oh : Why is this such a big deal? Why is America freaking out that this company called Cambridge Analytica mined the big data to manipulate the public opinions? This is not anything new. The government has been doing these for years. You should read the book called, "Manufacturing Consent" by Noam Chomsky on how big corporations and government agencies manipulate public opinions through many different propagandas. Physical Coercion has its limits; so, that's why in the past many big corporations found out that the best way to control the public is through manipulations of perceptions through control of information. This is nothing new nor should be shocking.......

Andrea Picco : Instead of closing our FB accounts, we should fill them with content that diverges, slowly but steadily, from what we really are and from the ideas that we care about. Then, all these apps would harvest nothing but nonsense or, at least, they would have to filter through huge noise data.

Richard Benitez : I totally agree with Cambridge Analytica that their involvement was perfectly legal. FB is to blame without question. To further the point that social media is not being responsible but is a menace, the google memo guy James Damore has been speaking up that Google search engines and youtube are manipulating search results to point towards Google’s own political philosophies to control society in their favor. In tech circles, this has been known for some time, but James Damore and the people around him have been making the public more aware.

NOT Enrique : Add this to the list of crimes they’ve committed to steal the elections.

Ray Hager : this young mans life is in grave danger ...the alt..right will kill him ...i pray for his safety ...god speed young man ...

Trump TheTraitor : *Christopher Wylie is a NATIONAL HERO - Give him the MOH*

Rudra Mitra : You know a leftist when you see one........dyed idiot hair, big darn glasses, piercings and tattoos

girandole : why does he have a nose ring? Is he a cow?

PS Wright : If you believe Cambridge Analytica destroyed the data, you're a complete fool, an empty headed android waiting to be programmed. They should all be in jail. And Facebook has been covering for them and the Russians right along, and deserves massive disciplinary actions on both sides of the ocean. They need to stop putting their goddamned reputation and profits ahead of real human beings' welfare.

Travis Todd : I don't understand how this dude can pretend that data harvesting is like some villainous plot. Why do you think any facebook connected app asks for permissions to ask your contact list, feed, etc? The official Facebook API is intentionally designed to allow you to do this. This is freely available off their site and they encourage it's use. This is extremely generic Big Data analytics put to the purpose of an election. The idea that it is insidious is just... insane and fear mongering.