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Thu Sep 22, 2022, 07:01 PM

6. Ha! Thank you for the affirmation!!

I have NEVER used Twitter or Fakebook. I have lived my life without either of them and am basically a well informed person. I have never felt any desire to even begin to join either of them. No one in my family or circle of friends seems to be bothered by not communicating in this way. Maybe I am Old School and am a tech moron.

When I Iearned that something called "Cambrige Anylitica" and the Mercers and Bannon were involved in manipulating social
media for Right Wing political gain in 2017 I KNEW I had made the right choice by limiting the sources of my information..NOT misinformation or disinformation. Cambridge Anylitica went belly up right after this corruption surfaced the same year.

"Publicly, parent company SCL Group called itself a "global election management agency",[48] Politico reported it was known for involvement "in military disinformation campaigns to social media branding and voter targeting".[18] SCL gained work on a large number of campaigns for the US and UK governments' War on Terror advancing their model of behavioral conflict during the 2000s.[49] SCL's involvement in the political world has been primarily in the developing world where it has been used by the military and politicians to study and manipulate public opinion and political will. Slate writer Sharon Weinberger compared one of SCL's hypothetical test scenarios to fomenting a coup.[18]

Among the investors in Cambridge Analytica were some of the Conservative Party's largest donors such as billionaire Vincent Tchenguiz, former Conservative minister Jonathan Marland, Baron Marland, Roger Gabb,[50] the family of American hedge fund manager Robert Mercer,[16] and Steve Bannon.[51] A minimum of 15 million dollars has been invested into the company by Mercer, according to The New York Times.[52] Bannon's stake in the company was estimated at 1 to 5 million dollars, but he divested his holdings in April 2017 as required by his role as White House Chief Strategist.[53] In March 2018, Jennifer Mercer and Rebekah Mercer became directors of Emerdata limited.[54] In March 2018 it became public by Christopher Wylie, that Cambridge Analytica's first activities were founded on a data set, which its parent company SCL bought 2014 from a company named Global Science Research founded by Aleksandr Kogan and his team present across the world [55] who worked as a psychologist at Cambridge. Dr Emma Briant, an academic at University of Essex had researched the firm and the parent company SCL interviewing employees as part of her research on political propaganda and her 2015 book 'Propaganda and Counter-Terrorism.'[49] During the revelations she published evidence through the British Parliament's Fake News Inquiry indicating that Cambridge Analytica did work for the UK's LeaveEU Brexit campaign during the 2016 EU Referendum which they denied.[56][57] The Information Commissioner's Office in February 2019 decided to audit the campaign, and its funder Arron Banks company Eldon Insurance for unlawful marketing involving repurposing of data.[58] In November 2020 the Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham MP wrote that she "found no further evidence to change [her] earlier view that SCL/CA were not involved in the EU referendum campaign in the U.K." Denham also said she found no evidence of Russian involvement in the referendum.[59] During Boris Johnson's tenure as foreign secretary, the Foreign Office sought advice from Cambridge Analytica[60] and Boris Johnson had a meeting with Alexander Nix in 2016.[60][61]"


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