Greetings, Zuck: Fancy a Chat about Cambridge Analytica?

September 27, 2022

The right to be forgotten does not apply to the Cambridge Analytic matter. “MPs Formally Request Zuckerberg Answer Questions” reports:

Mark Zuckerberg has been sent a formal request to appear before MPs and answer questions regarding a growing scandal about user data.

Will the Zucker cooperate? I circled this passage:

Mr Collins [Damian Collins MP, the chair of the culture committee] wrote that the DCMS committee “has repeatedly asked Facebook about how companies acquire and hold on to user data from their site, and in particular about whether data had been taken without their consent. “Your officials’ answers have consistently understated this risk, and have been misleading to the Committee,” Mr Collins informed Mr Zuckerberg. “It is now time to hear from a senior Facebook executive with the sufficient authority to give an accurate account of this catastrophic failure of process.”

I drew a yellow underline around several words and phrases:

  • Repeatedly asked
  • Data taken
  • Without their [Facebook users I presume] consent
  • Understated this risk

No bit time semantic sentiment analysis is required to get the idea that Mr. Collins is not going to give the Zucker a like.

But the best phrase in the article is Mr. Damien’s analysis of how the Zuckbook implements its operations. Here’s the phrase:

Catastrophic failure of process

Will the Zucker show up? Nah, that’s where Nick Clegg. Is it true that Mr. Clegg enjoys slippery eel, olive oil, and salted butter tea sandwiches? The MPs may not enjoy these, however. Mr. Damien will want bloody red meat carved from the cows in line for slaughter. But that’s just my opinion, just my opinion.

Zuck tartare, anyone?

Stephen E Arnold, September 27, 2022


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