Whistleblower Wylie: Facebook can ‘delete you from the internet’

Whistleblower Wylie: Facebook can ‘delete you from the internet’
https://www.cnet.com/news/cambridge-analytica-whistleblower-facebook-can-delete-you-from-the-internet/ ^ | 03/20/18 | Richard Nieva

Posted on 3/20/2018, 10:28:07 PM by Behind Liberal Lines

Chris Wylie, the whistleblower who brought to light Facebook’s latest controversy, is having a hard time since the social network suspended his Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Over the weekend, the 28-year-old data scientist provided whistleblower accounts to The New York Times and the UK’s Guardian and Observer newspapers about Cambridge Analytica, a consultancy he worked for that was hired by the Trump campaign. The firm allegedly harvested data from more than 50 million Facebook accounts without users’ permission.

After he turned whistleblower, he was abruptly booted from Facebook’s services.

“This is the power Facebook has,” Wylie said Tuesday during an onstage interview at the Front Club in London. “They can delete you from the internet.”

Facebook is so ingrained in our modern online experience, Wylie said, that his suspension from the social network has had a ripple effect.

“I know this sounds ridiculous,” he said. “I can’t use Tinder now, for example — because you have to validate yourself with… Facebook.” (One of the most popular ways to log in to Tinder is to link it to your Facebook account, however it’s now possible to sign in using your phone number.)

The issue sounds trivial, but it does underscore how powerful and ubiquitous Facebook has become. It’s a platform for 2 billion people to connect and chat with family and friends.

Facebook, for its part, said Wylie was suspended because he violated the company’s terms of service.

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