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Time to Start Calling Facebook “The Dark Empire” and Regulate It Accordingly

2019 Stolen Data of 533M Users’ Personal Data & Phone Numbers Surface Online.

It appears people, governments, regulators and legislators worldwide may have forgotten Facebook’s complicit involvement with Cambridge Analytica (CA). It is possible that new priorities such as the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 may have pre-occupied them, and rightly so.

But an unprecedented data breach in 2019 unfolded this weekend, bringing a recurring nightmare of the past back into today’s reality. Simply put, it should serve as a daunting reminder to people worldwide that expecting our regulators to finally do the right thing is continuing to stick our heads in the sand like ostriches.

Did we forget that Facebook and Cambridge Analytica illegally harvested users’ data and then manipulated voters of the UK Brexit vote, the 2016 US Presidential elections, as well as multiple African presidential elections? These were a few out of a much longer list of illegal and unethical activities CA was caught doing. This included its president being caught bragging on Video about some of CA’s successes to UK’s Channel 4 TV undercover investigators.

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By Khaled Fattal, MLi Group Chairman & Survivability News Publisher

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