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Mon Feb 27, 2017, 10:47 PM

The Truth About The Trump Data Team That People Are Freaking Out About

Last December, a Swiss publication called Das Magazin credited an obscure consulting firm that advised Donald Trump’s campaign with having “turned the world upside down” on Election Day. The article was an underground sensation in German, in a bootlegged English translation, and then on Vice, raising concerns that the company, Cambridge Analytica, used sophisticated psychological tools to manipulate unwitting American voters.

Readers shared the article more than 350,000 times, according to analytics service BuzzSumo. With it, conspiracy theories gave the firm almost unlimited power to control our lives with what one critic called a “weaponized AI propaganda machine.” And Cambridge Analytica itself has hardly shrunk from the controversy: Alexander Nix, the CEO, boasted that it had “profiled the personality of every adult in the United States of America — 220 million people.”

But interviews with 13 former employees, campaign staffers, and executives at other Republican consulting firms who have seen Cambridge Analytica’s work suggest that its psychological approach was not actually used by the Trump campaign and, furthermore, the company has never provided evidence that it even works. Rather than a sinister breakthrough in political technology, the Cambridge Analytica story appears to be part of the traditional contest among consultants on a winning political campaign to get their share of credit — and win future clients.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/kendalltaggart/the-truth-about-the-trump-data-team-that-people-are-freaking

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Mon Feb 27, 2017, 10:57 PM

1. Is this some kind of joke? There's one line in that article that CAN'T be true!

“profiled the personality of every adult in the United States of America — 220 million people.” What kind of an idiot do you take us for? Profiling 220 million people? Yea right. And they paid me $5,000 just for cooperating.

If you believe their statement or mine you crazier than I thought.

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Mon Feb 27, 2017, 11:26 PM

2. A related post:

Robert Mercer: the big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1016179344

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