For module 6, I chose a very recent scandal in 2018 called the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal. Cambridge Analytica was able to harvest the personal data of millions of people on Facebook, without consent, using it for political advertising purposes. The data was used by various political organizations to attempt to influence public opinion. Politicians paid Cambridge Analytica to obtain data from the breach. It was said that information from the breach caused political gain for the 2015 and 2016 campaigns of the United States involving Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. Not only that, but the 2016 Brexit vote as well as the 2018 Mexican general election. The Scandal was brought to light in 2018 when a former Cambridge Analytica employee Christopher Wylie shared the knowledge of what Cambridge Analytica was doing. This prompted an apology by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg calling in an “issue,” a “mistake,” and a “breach of trust.”

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