Here’s what happened in the last 48 hours:
- The world discovered how personal data of over 50 million users on Facebook was obtained by a London-based political consulting firm called Cambridge Analytica. The same firm which helped Donald Trump in his presidential campaign. Cambridge Analytica created psychological profiles of these users and targeted them with messages for political campaigns.
- The world discovered that Cambridge Analytica got this data on 50 million users from an academic researcher called Aleksandr Kogan. In 2014, Cambridge Analytica hired Kogan to gather information on Facebook users, such as what are the things they like.