Democratic Operatives Used Misleading Facebook Pages To Suppress GOP Turnout In Midterms
Democratic operatives funded by left-wing tech billionaire Reid Hoffman ran a widespread campaign using misleading Facebook pages in the run-up to the 2018 midterm elections, The Daily Caller News Foundation has found.
American Engagement Technologies (AET), which was founded by former Obama administration official Mikey Dickerson, bought ads for two Facebook pages, â€śThe Daily Realâ€ť and â€śTodayâ€™s Nation,â€ť encouraging Republican voters to stay home in the midterm elections, Facebookâ€™s ad archives show.
Both pages appear to be designed to give the impression that they were operated by frustrated conservatives rather than by Democratic operatives.
The American flag-adorned pages encouraged conservative voters to either stay home in November or vote for Democrats to punish Republicans for being insufficiently conservative. Other ads called polls predicting a â€śblue waveâ€ť in the 2018 elections...
I have traveled all over the United States, Doug, and I can assure you there is no such place as Nebraska. Nobody is from Nebraska. Nobody ever goes to Nebraska. Nebraska doesnâ€™t exist and never has. When you see the so-called Cornhuskers play football, youâ€™re actually watching a group of poorly paid Hollywood actors pretending to be a football team.
Now where is our good chum "Jim" from Nebraska when a nice story like this comes out? He's always the first to find comments from people we really don't care about, just to show links that we are not allowed to click on, because our computer advisor tells us to never click on links, even if they are in an email from our best friend, because there are so many scams and phishing schemes out there. Oh, I forgot, we sent "Jim" to interview that ebola sufferer in Nebraska.
Zuckerberg must also be contemplating a second oddity. There was no privacy outcry when Barack Obama's 2012 campaign took advantage of the same Graph API to exfiltrate information of tens of millions of Facebook users without each voter's knowledge and consent. ... The Obama campaign's extensive harvesting of social graph data triggered Facebook's internal safeguards, according to an article a year later in The New York Times Magazine. But Facebook allowed it to continue. "It was more like we blew through an alarm that their engineers hadn't planned for or knew about," Will St. Clair, a programmer for the campaign, told the magazine. "They'd sigh and say, 'You can do this as long as you stop doing it on Nov. 7.'" "We ingested the entire U.S. social graph," Carol Davidsen, director of data integration and media analytics for Obama for America, told The Washington Post this week. "We would ask permission to basically scrape your profile, and also scrape your friends, basically anything that was available to scrape. We scraped it all."