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Cambridge Analytica

Facebook has attracted numerous criticisms during its brief rise, not least concerning its role in the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, much of which was revealed by The Guardian.

A TED talk by Carole Cadwalladr also addresses some of the issues raised:

Digital gangsters

Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee published a report on disinformation and fake news in February 2019 which denounced Facebook and its executives as “digital gangsters”.

It concluded that the company deliberately broke privacy and competition law and accused Facebook of contempt for Parliament.

The committee’s chair said: “Democracy is at risk from the malicious and relentless targeting of citizens with disinformation and personalised ‘dark adverts’ from unidentifiable sources”.

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