Radio Host McCullough: Nobody Said a Word When Obama Used Facebook Data in 2012
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is on Capitol Hill this week for nationally-televised testimony before House and Senate committees.
Zuckerberg, who helped start Facebook in 2004 while at Harvard University, has been under fire since reports surfaced in recent weeks that Cambridge Analytica, a political data-mining firm affiliated with Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, may have used ill-gotten user data to try to influence elections.
“Looking back, it's clear we were too slow identifying election interference in 2016, and we need to do better in future elections,” Zuckerberg said in an open letter posted on Facebook.
On "Outnumbered Overtime," radio host Kevin McCullough wondered why there wasn't outrage when the Obama reelection campaign used Facebook data to target voters in a similar way in 2012.
"The real disingenuousness of all of this is that they only got mad when the advantage went to Trump. Obama's team did almost the exact same thing in 2012, and nobody said a word," McCullough said.
He argued it's only become a "moral" issue because it benefited a candidate whom Zuckerberg and people who view the world like him oppose.
He added that he disagrees with calls to give the government more power to regulate political advertisements on the internet, because in these data mining scandals, people voluntarily gave up their information.
"What are you going to regulate? How are you going to regulate it? You can't keep people from being stupid!"
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