SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook used to be made of corporate Teflon. Not anymore.
Growing public outrage over the misuse of the private information of tens of millions of Facebook users by the firm that claimed it helped Donald Trump win the White House has ignited a full-blown crisis, with U.S. and European lawmakers demanding hearings and investigations underway by the Federal Trade Commission and two state attorneys general.
Why has this controversy struck such a nerve with Americans? An unsuspecting electorate’s personal information was exploited for political gain on behalf of a deeply divisive public figure, observers say.
Ahem, some observers say… The Media Praised or Ignored Obama’s Harvesting of Facebook Data
The political and media establishment have whipped themselves into an almighty frenzy over allegations — yet to be confirmed — that Cambridge Analytica may have used improperly-obtained Facebook data during the 2016 election campaign, a charge they strenuously deny.