Former Obama staffer Carol Davidsen exposed the ‘creepy’ way Obama administration stole people’s personal information during the 2012 election. According to her, they Facebook allowed them to mine for massive amounts of user data, because they were on the same side. Facebook didn’t afford the same privilege to Republicans.
“Facebook was surprised we were able to suck out the whole social graph, but they didn’t stop us once they realized that was what we were doing. They came to office in the days following election recruiting & were very candid that they allowed us to do things they wouldn’t have allowed someone else to do because they were on our side,” tweeted Davidsen.
“I worked on all of the data integration projects at OFA. This was the only one that felt creepy, even though we played by the rules, and didn’t do anything I felt was ugly, with the data,” said Davidsen.
Davidsen explained how this gave Democrats a massive advantage. “So the data’s out there — you can’t take it back. The Democrats have this information, so when they look at a voter file and someone comes to them, they can immediately be like ‘Oh, here are all the other people that they know, and here are people they can help us persuade, because they’re really good friends with that person,’” explained Davidsen.
“The Republicans do not have that information and will not get that information. I’m a Democrat, so maybe I could argue that’s a great thing, but really it’s not, in the overall process. That wasn’t thought all the way through and now there’s a disadvantage of information that to me seems unfair,” she said.