"How a data analytics firm allegedly 'weaponized' Facebook to swing votes in 2016" PBS NewsHour 3/18/2018
SUMMARY: On Friday, Facebook suspended Cambridge Analytica, a UK-headquartered data analytics firm, for allegedly using user data to devise election advertising strategy, particularly for undecided voters, in the run-up to the 2016 election. The U.S. arm of the firm reportedly received information on 50 million American voters from Facebook without disclosing its intentions to the social media giant. Molly Wood, host of Marketplace Tech, joins Megan Thompson for more.
"Amid Cambridge Analytica revelations, Facebook needs 'rules of the road,' says Sen. Klobuchar" PBS NewsHour 3/19/2018
SUMMARY: Facebook is at the center of a new firestorm, sparked by media reports that political data firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked for the Trump campaign, harvested private information from more than 50 million Facebook profiles -- and Facebook never told the users. John Yang talks to Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn) about calls for greater accountability from the tech giant.
"Facebook faces scrutiny for how user data was used to influence elections" PBS NewsHour 3/20/2018
SUMMARY: British-based research firm Cambridge Analytica has been accused of harvesting data from more than 50 million Facebook users, and misleading the tech giant about it. New undercover video captured the CEO talking about their work for the Trump campaign. Meanwhile, Facebook is facing growing questions and criticism, and officials are set to testify before a House committee. John Yang reports.
"Investor says he tried to warn Facebook about 'bad actors' harming innocent people" PBS NewsHour 3/20/2018
SUMMARY: Roger McNamee, one of Facebook's original investors and a mentor to Mark Zuckerberg, says he was concerned about the way “bad actors were taking the tools created for advertisers and using them to harm innocent people,” and alerted Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg in 2016. But McNamee says they saw it as a PR problem, not a business problem. He sits down with Hari Sreenivasan.
"Mark Zuckerberg promises change, but Facebook has failed to follow through in the past" PBS NewsHour 3/21/2018
SUMMARY: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg broke his silence about what he acknowledged was a "breach of trust" with the public, after news investigations found Cambridge Analytica improperly obtained data on 50 million Facebook users. Zuckerberg also said steps had been taken to prevent these problems before. Hari Sreenivasan gets reaction from Tim Wu of Columbia Law School.