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‘Big Tech’ isn’t one big monopoly – it’s 5 companies all in different businesses

Public concern about Facebook’s power in society – and in politics – has skyrocketed in the wake of revelations that users’ data was analyzed by a U.K.-based marketing firm and used to construct highly targeted political propaganda in advance of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Other technology giants have also sparked concern: Google, Apple, Amazon and Microsoft have all faced objections from users, the public and even government agencies.

Psychographics: the behavioural analysis that helped Cambridge Analytica know voters’ minds

The dealings that have been revealed between Cambridge Analytica and Facebook have all the trappings of a Hollywood thriller: a Bond villain-style CEO, a reclusive billionaire, a naïve and conflicted whistle-blower, a hipster data scientist turned politico, an academic with seemingly questionable ethics, and of course a triumphant president and his influential family.
  • Published in Science

How Trump's 'hidden' Facebook army won him the Elections

Donald Trump's spectacular victory in the US presidential election on 8 November took many by surprise. Polls seemed to significantly underestimate his support and few pundits gave him a chance. However, according to the BBC, many Trump voters, it turned out, were hiding in plain sight - on Facebook.

Privacy Group Suing WhatsApp and Facebook over Data Sharing

WhatsApp’s recent change of privacy settings has resulted in a major backlash from users and was called "unfair or deceptive acts or practices," according to the U.S.-based Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), which added that such a change violates a 2014 Federal Trade Commission (FTC) consent order to both Facebook and the popular messaging app it purchased.
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