So, what do we think? It all started with the Observer, who broke the following story about a massive data breach at Facebook linked to Cambridge Analytica (shady motherfuckers, it is known):
The Cambridge Analytica Files ‘I made Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare tool’: meet the data war whistleblower.
Then, today, Channel 4 News took things a step further, running an undercover operation where they got directors at CA to admit they will do all kinds of shady shit for wealthy clients:
Revealed: Trump’s election consultants filmed saying they use bribes and sex workers to entrap politicians
Now, this isn't that* shocking. Carole Cadwalladr has been doing sterling, fantastic journalism on these guys for months, all the way back to May last year at least (The great British Brexit robbery: how our democracy was hijacked)
But it does seem like this thing is starting to hit something of critical mass. Facebook sent its goons into Cambridge Analytica tonight, ostensibly to "investigate", but who knows what they were actually doing. But the ICO office declared they were seeking a warrant for the Cambridge Analytica servers, so the Facebook guys 'stood down.' I don't know where all this is going, but there is a good chance we could see Mark fucking Zuckerberg in front of a parliamentary committee sometime soon.
This finally pushed me to delete (not deactivate) my Facebook account. I know I'm just a drop in the ocean, but it used to be that you used Facebook because they provided you a service for 'free', the fee was your data. Well, I'm no longer getting value for my fee. So they can fuck off.