THE ISSUE: The recent Cambridge Analytica scandal regarding leaked Facebook users' data sparked a #deleteFacebook movement. Among the thousands of conversations about online privacy and the rights of political campaigns to personal information, the editorial board presents two viewpoints.
Over the past several weeks, Americans have heard about the massive collection of their personal data by Cambridge Analytica, an analytics company that helped support the data-driven campaigns of a variety of Republican candidates from President Donald Trump to our very own Senator Thom Tillis.
The revelation that data was taken from Facebook users without their knowledge of what it would be used for has shocked Americans. In response, Facebook stock has plummeted hard, to the tune of billions of dollars.
Let me make this clear — I believe the way the data, which Cambridge Analytica used, was gathered was unethical. The users believed their data was collected for a simple personality test. And that was clearly not the case.
The mainstream media, however, who is drumming up this wave of backlash has either been negligent or hypocritical.
Liberal campaigns have been using similarly unethical tactics for years now, in the open. The fact that such tactics are only decried when Republicans use them to achieve success is a sign of the bias that has taken such a hold in the media.