Recently a scandal was reported, 50 million Facebook users had their data mined and used with the evilest of intentions (shoot to a clip of Dr Evil laughing maniacally with his cat in his lap and his pinky finger carefully placed beside his lip).
At the centre of this scandal is a Canadian. 28-year-old Christopher Wylie from B.C.
He is the whistleblower, the man who broke this whole conspiracy wide open for all to see. The reason he has come forward is that he just can’t live with the monster he was involved in creating (Cambridge Analytica) and the tremendous impact it has had on the entire world!
Now I’m not going to go into much around C.A., or their alleged ties to the Trump campaign, Russia, and other popular accusations made against conservative minded organizations as of recent.
I’m much more curious about Christopher Wylie than I am any of this.
In reading this story there are a few things that jump out at me as Red Flags
Firstly, nothing illegal took place. That’s right, every accusation he makes is described as illegitimate, unethical, inappropriate but none of it is described as illegal.
This is a serious issue to me because we are all at the mercy of Wylie’s objective definition of all of those things. Depending on where he falls in the sensitivity scale me chewing loudly while I eat my lunch could fall into the category of inappropriate.
Secondly, every one of Wylie’s claims has been denied by all involved, Cambridge Analytica, Facebook and Trumps team all strongly deny basically everything he has claimed. This is supported by the fact that there is little to no objective evidence that has been brought forth to support any of it.
Thirdly the method in which Cambridge Analytica obtained and used the data to achieve the objectives Wylie claims they had been vague at best and sound to me like commonly used data mining and analysis practices.
“Cambridge Analytica used data to create algorithms that enabled the company to explore mental vulnerabilities of people. It enabled the firm to inject information into different forms of online content so that people saw things that may not have been true” – CBC article
“It allowed us to profile upwards of 50 million Americans over a span of a couple of months and understand not only their personality traits but how they think… and what exactly we need to do in order to pick at certain mental or emotional vulnerabilities so that those people would behave in a particular way that was conducive to [Trump campaign chief executive] Steve Bannon’s objective.”-CBC article
Kinda sounds like the method a lot of companies use when advertising doesn’t it.
Essentially that’s how I read it however in Wylie’s version of the world this is evil and needs to stop!
The last flag for me was the many instances where Wylie’s ego, his views that what he was involved in was grandiose and controversial, and that he himself was a mastermind behind the entire ploy.
He claims to be a key influence on the creation of Cambridge Analytica, despite their claims that he was a contractor who performed work for them.
He is described as seeking political influence from a very young age.
He also describes himself as having a passion for confronting injustice and institutional malfeasance giving me that SJW vibe.
He claimed in an interview that he was a “Gay Canadian vegan who somehow ended up creating Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare mindfuck tool”
“Because the past few months have been like watching a tornado gathering force. And when Wylie turns the full force of his attention to something – his strategic brain, his attention to detail, his ability to plan 12 moves ahead – it is sometimes slightly terrifying to behold.” – The Guardian
Sure sounds like someone who thinks highly of himself, doesn’t he….
Now I’m not saying that I know what happened here either way.
What I am saying is something smells fishy to me.
While these claims could very well be true and as awful as they sound to be, we also have to acknowledge that we may be part of Christopher Wylie’s ego-fuelled wild ride. And unfortunately, all of this media attention will only serve to embolden and validate this grandiose version of himself he has put forth.