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Cass Sunstein, a former White House adviser in the Obama administration (and husband of Samantha Power), is warning Democrats "not to overreact" to the news about Cambridge Analytica's supposed spying on Americans via Facebook and Facebook's effort to clamp down on usage of the data from the people who buy it from them. In a column in Bloomberg, Sunstein writes:
The horrendous actions by Cambridge Analytica, a voter profiling company, and Aleksander Kogan, a Russian-American researcher, raise serious questions about privacy, social media, democracy and fraud.
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Amidst the justified furor, one temptation should be firmly resisted: for public and private institutions to lock their data down, blocking researchers and developers from providing the many benefits that it promises – for health, safety, and democracy itself.
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But let's not overreact. Authorized use of that data can do a great deal of good.
He cites other apps that spy on Americans that can improve health care and income inequality, as well as observe congressional behavior as arguments to not shut all of the data-mining down. These are red flags all by themselves, since we all know how Democrats use health care data and what their solutions are to income inequality. But never mind that.
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Obviously, as a far-left Democrat operative in the Obama inner circle, Sunstein's argument to not overreact, plus his involvement in Facebook as an adviser, which he discloses at the bottom of his piece, suggests strongly that Democrats have a stake in the spying on voters, too. As they see Cambridge Analytica get sanctioned over all the hypocritical outcry, they know that their ox is up to get gored. And they are feeling flop sweat, given their long history of manipulating social media data. What's known is described very well in this Investor's Business Daily editorial that we linked here.
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