On Tuesday, Breitbart reported that Jim Carrey, Rosie O’Donnell and other Hollywood leftists blew a gasket over news that Cambridge Analytica legally used Facebook data to help Donald Trump win the 2016 election and are now demanding federal regulation and boycotts.
According to Breitbart:
Carrey — who regularly attacks President Donald Trump and members of his administration — was just one of several celebrities criticizing Facebook and Zuckerberg after reports that the platform shared personal data of 50 million of its users with third-party entities, and allowed former Obama presidential campaign staffers to harvest Facebook users’ personal information.
“Screw u mark zuck #deleteFACEBOOK,” wrote Rosie O’Donnell in a tweet.
— ROSIE (@Rosie) March 19, 2018
Others weighed in:
I don't know how anybody can continue using Facebook.
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) March 19, 2018
Are you even going to comment on this, Mark Zuckerberg?!
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) March 19, 2018
But as Rush Limbaugh noted Tuesday, Facebook is hardly the victim here:
As I was saying, the Drive-By Media is targeting Facebook. Facebook’s stock value’s taken a $24 billion hit. I think that’s $24 billion with a B is what I see here. It may be million. It sounds like a lot of money. They’ve taken a huge hit to the stock price. But, if you look at the irony here, Facebook did everything. This little Zuckerberg did everything the left asked him to do! He turned over his whole database to the Obama campaign. He did everything to get Hillary elected!
But now because a Trump unit found a way to legally use Facebook data, Zuckerberg is considered a traitor because where social media is concerned, folks, the left owns it. Social media, Silicon Valley, is the exclusive property, the exclusive political property of the Democrat Party and the Drive-By Media and the American left. And the rage over the fact that Trump’s team, Cambridge Analytica, figured out a way to leverage Facebook data into contributing to their election victory, this angers them almost as much as losing the election!
This constitutes in their minds one of the most outright, egregious thefts that has ever occurred, because I’m telling you, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, instant chat, instant whatever, they all are owned by the left. I’m not talking about corporate ownership. I’m talking about political involvement. The left owns them exclusively. Social media is used to advance liberal ideas and the Democrat Party, and it’s also used to stifle, to silence, to eliminate conservative voices.
And I can’t tell you the degree, the anger that the left felt when they discovered that Trump’s group and the Mercers found a way to basically steal what they think is theirs, i.e., Facebook user data, and leverage that into helping their presidential victory just got them so mad they can’t see straight. In fact, they’ve almost forgotten the Russia collusion thing for a half hour.
But, Limbaugh said, “because Cambridge Analytica found a way to have access to 50 million of Facebook’s near one billion users, Zuckerberg is toast. Zuckerberg is an endless, wandering shred of human debris who’s no longer useful. And in fact he’s gotta be destroyed so as to send a message to anybody else who might think, who might try to let the Republicans use social media to help them get elected.”
Breitbart’s Allum Bokhari noted the double standard at play: “The media is kicking up this huge frenzy over the alleged use of Facebook data, the alleged mass-targeting of users with political ads. One of the headlines on the Guardian right now is ‘The Dark Art of Political Advertising Online,’ now there was no such frenzy when Obama used Facebook to harvest masses of data from users to the point where they actually changed their platform, changed their policies to make sure it couldn’t happen again, but they still let him keep the data. There was no kind of panic about that and actually, here’s another headline from the Guardian in 2012, ‘Obama, Facebook, and the Power of Friendship: The 2012 Data Election,’ so that’s how they were covering it in 2012 when Obama was harvesting masses of data, whereas when there’s an allegation that Cambridge Analytica might have done so and used it to help Trump, they’re picking up this huge firestorm. So there’s definitely some double standards going on.”
“The other thing to remember, is even if the allegations are true, all Cambridge Analytica did was violate a technicality of Facebook’s rules. That’s the worst they could’ve done here, because the data was originally obtained legitimately according to Facebook, and Facebook has many many tools for people to use data to target specific demographics, to microtarget ads, and the Trump campaign’s been open about using those tools. So I’m not sure why you’d even need to obtain data illegitimately from Facebook, because Facebook gives it to third parties, gives it to commercial entities… on a regular basis.”
Mind you, we’ve got issues with the social media giant and the double standards it employs against those who hold non-PC points of view. But it’s quite hypocritical to celebrate the company when it helps elect a Democrat and turn on it when the same technique is used to elect a Republican…
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