Just a few days ago, Facebook announced it’s decision to ban Trump campaign’s voter data analysis company Cambridge Analytica from using the Facebook platform due to having obtained personal data from some 50 million Facebook users. This means that Cambridge Analytica had data that allowed the Trump campaign to illegally target, with great accuracy, the exact demographic of people they wanted to indoctrinate with messaging through Facebook advertising. The Guardian reports:
“…a whistleblower has revealed to the Observer how Cambridge Analytica – a company owned by the hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer, and headed at the time by Trump’s key adviser Steve Bannon – used personal information taken without authorisation in early 2014 to build a system that could profile individual US voters, in order to target them with personalised political advertisements.
Christopher Wylie, who worked with a Cambridge University academic to obtain the data, told the Observer: ‘We exploited Facebook to harvest millions of people’s profiles. And built models to exploit what we knew about them and target their inner demons. That was the basis the entire company was built on.'”
This can only be described as cheating. Quite literally, this is the 2016 equivalent to the Richard Nixon scandal where burglars broke into the DNC headquarters to steal secret information to use against his opponent.
Bill Palmer explains it like this: “All along we’ve been waiting for the smoking gun that would prove the Trump campaign was using voter registration data, or DNC email data, stolen by Russian hackers. We know the Russians stole that data. We know members of the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian hackers, and with their WikiLeaks intermediary. The circumstantial evidence is overwhelming, but we have not yet seen proof that this data stolen by the Russians was in fact used by the Trump campaign. That may come out before much longer, but as of today we don’t need that proof in order to conclude that Trump really did cheat.”
Just to reiterate…Cambridge Analytica violated Facebook’s policies and obtained user data from approximately 50 million users, then used that data to help get Trump elected. They cheated. Part of the reason Hillary Clinton lost the election is because of that cheating.
While we are still waiting on Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian interference to conclude, but the data breach alone confirms that Donald Trump’s campaign used stolen voter data to swing the election. Clearly, Donald Trump didn’t win the election legitimately.