Media Coverage Roundup: Cambridge Analytica and the Facebook Investigation

March 20, 2018

The New York Times reported that voter-profiling company Cambridge Analytica had obtained data on 50 million Facebook users—information that underpinned its work on President Donald J. Trump’s 2016 campaign.


  • The Guardian: ‘It might work too well’: the dark art of political advertising online (Mislove)
  • Motherboard: Cambridge Analytica’s Ad Targeting Is the Reason Facebook Exists (Hartzog)


  • NU News: Cambridge Analytica, Facebook data collection a ‘breach of trust’ not security (Wilson, Mislove, Choffnes)


  • NU News: With no clear liability against Facebook, professor calls for stronger data privacy laws (Hartzog)
  • The Economist: To understand digital advertising, study its algorithms (Mislove)


  • Inquisitr: Cambridge Analytica Scandal: Data Scientists Started Accessing Your Information 10 Years Ago (Lazer)


  • NU News: Worried about your Facebook data? Read this. (Choffnes)
  • LA Times: Facebook under scrutiny as FTC confirms it is investigating privacy practices (Hartzog)
  • National Journal: Why Now? Facebook’s “Perfect Storm” Reinvigorates Old Privacy Fears (Hartzog)
  • How Stuff Works: How to Win the Privacy War With Facebook (Hartzog)


  • Boston Globe: Click by click, drowning in data, we Internet ‘users’ are being used (Hartzog)



  • Quartz: If Facebook gets regulated, thank vegans (Hartzog)


  • Quartz: “Why am I seeing this ad” explanations on Facebook are incomplete and misleading, a study says (Mislove)


  • USA Today: What’s at stake for Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg as he testifies for Day 2 (Hartzog)
  • What’s New: Episode 14: Privacy in the Facebook Age (Hartzog)
  • Vox: 9 questions about Facebook and data sharing you were too embarrassed to ask (Matwyshyn)


  • Politifact: Fact-checking Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s congressional testimony (Hartzog)


  • Reuters: Facebook fuels broad privacy debate by tracking non-users (Hartzog)