Over the weekend, The New York Times and The Observer revealed that Cambridge Analytica paid to acquire private information on more than 50 million Facebook users, reports CNBC, which added that the information allowed the firm to provide services to then-candidate Donald Trump’s election campaign, “including creating “target audiences for digital ads and fund-raising appeals, modeling voter turnout,” and more, according to the report.
“It’s yet another reminder that what you do on Facebook might not always be as private as you think.
“One of the way researchers were able to gather information on Facebook users was through “personality quizzes.” Those are pretty common on the network, and users may find them as an attractive time-killer to learn more about themselves. Some of those quizzes allowed Cambridge University’s Psychometrics Centre to gather private information from Facebook profiles, including from friends and activities, the Times said. Remember: Nothing is free. If you’re inputting data about yourself, especially in a random third-party app, you’re giving it away.”
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