‘The Great Hack’: Film Explores How Online Data Affects Public Opinion | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC


A new Netflix documentary called “The Great Hack” is looking at how your online data is used to influence public opinion and elections. The director, Jehane Noujam, and producer, Karim Amer, join Stephanie Ruhle to discuss online data and privacy amid Facebook’s record-breaking fine from the FTC. NYU Stern School of Business professor Scott Galloway joins with his take.
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‘The Great Hack’: Film Explores How Online Data Affects Public Opinion | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC

32 Comments on "‘The Great Hack’: Film Explores How Online Data Affects Public Opinion | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC"

  1. Marty Schrader | July 25, 2019 at 5:31 PM | Reply

    Pictures provide better persuasion than simple text.

  2. Delete Facebook. Do something constructive with your free time and feel better for it

    • Vaudree Lavallee | July 25, 2019 at 9:59 PM | Reply

      First of all, Facebook collects data on people who are not even on Facebook – every time you visit a page that has the option to share on Facebook, they know that you were there.

      Secondly, Facebook owns Instagram and WhatsUp so they are not alternative places to go.

      Finally, it isn’t just Facebook.

    • @Vaudree Lavallee I totally agree. However, if you’re not on facebook, you’re not giving them hours of your daily attention, and you’re voting with your feet. If enough people delete facebook, it wouldn’t be a viable half-trillion dollar business, so let’s not be defeatest and instead do something about it. The public get what the public.want, or.deserve, as the case may be.

  3. Anyone watching this should look up the term “Surveillance Capitalism”.

    • Vaudree Lavallee | July 25, 2019 at 10:06 PM | Reply

      So another Shoshana Zuboff fan. Zuboff spoke at the International Grand Committee on Big Data, Privacy and Democracy in Ottawa. She gave the first half of her speech on May 27th, and gave the second half of her speech and took questions from politicians around the world on May 28th. Only the second half is youtubed, so gave you the Parliamentary link for the second half – just click Watch – it is set to English.

      Transcripts – https://openparliament.ca/committees/activities/6349/

      International Grand Committee on Big Data, Privacy and Democracy – SHOS part 2

      – Roger McNamee, Author of Zucked: Waking up to the Facebook Catastrophe

      – Shoshana Zuboff, Author of The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

      – Maria Ressa, CEO and Executive Editor, Rappler

      – Jim Balsillie, Chair, Centre for International Governance Innovation; Retired Chairman and co-CEO of BlackBerry


      SHOS – part 1

      The night before when they gave the first half of their speeches


  4. tRUMP = Fake Patriot.

  5. Never had Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram accounts, and I never will.
    But I’m still rocking with my MySpace account though!!!😄 It’s like a ghost town on there.😆

  6. Cheryl Clark | July 25, 2019 at 6:00 PM | Reply

    Trump tweeting I had nothing to do with Russia helping me get elected,so Trump admitted he is a criminal,so sad,under the oath to America!!!

  7. Cheryl Clark | July 25, 2019 at 6:01 PM | Reply

    McConnell needs to resign 😡 now!!!

    • John Marlowe | July 25, 2019 at 6:36 PM | Reply

      Help him. Send him 3 cents worth of lead really fast, like bullet speed fast.

      Just stop whining about your poor election choices.

    • Rapist Trump ODA 595 | July 25, 2019 at 6:52 PM | Reply

      @John Marlowe But do whine that they won’t help pass a bill to protect against election interference….that alone is a treasounus act

  8. I deleted facebook years ago. I do not regret my decision. Yes facebook is dangerous, and when we are all at 5G speeds, watch what happens.

    • Vaudree Lavallee | July 25, 2019 at 10:07 PM | Reply

      Google and Huawei are competing over control of 5G.

    • I don’t blame you.

      I’m still on the fence – on the ONE hand, I know that companies, groups with political agendas etc. use fb for nefarious purposes (adverts, data gathering, influence, propaganda, misinformation, disinformation, etc.) … yet, on the OTHER hand, it’s a matter of choice. Nobody’s forced to sign up & with a reasonable degree of knowledge should be able to restrict their personal data.

      I used to be on fb each & every day but, for the last 2/3 yrs, it’s less than once a mth. I don’t even notice the ads or extreme left/right stuff. I guess I’ve almost kicked the habit, lol!

    • Vaudree Lavallee | July 26, 2019 at 6:18 AM | Reply

      @Razzle1964 – if only it was that easy. They consider you opted in unless you opt out and even when you go through the process of trying to opt out, often you are not fully opted out – and they can override that any time they want. The only real solution is a change of laws and to end this wild west that the data-opolies, such as Facebook, Google and Amazon presently operate in:

      “Mr. Therrien, you said something very profound the last time you were here about the right of citizens to live free of surveillance. To me, this is where we need to bring this discussion. I think this discussion of consent is so 2016, and I think we have to say that they have no consent to obtain this. If there’s no reason, they can’t have it, and that should be the business model that we move forward on: the protection of privacy and the protection of our rights.

      As for opt-in, opt-out, I couldn’t trust them on anything on this.

      We’ve heard from Mr. Balsillie, Ms. Zuboff, and a number of experts today and yesterday. Is it possible in Canada, with our little country of 30 million people, to put in a clear law that says you can’t gather personal information unless there’s an express, clear reason? It seems to me that’s part of what’s already in PIPEDA, our information privacy laws, but can we make it very clear with very clear financial consequences for companies that ignore that? Can we make decisions on behalf of our citizens and our private rights?”


  9. “I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.”

    -Albert Einsten

  10. Y’all need Street Epistemology.

    • markj6700 Whoa, you are asking folks who are dumb as a bag of hammers (i.e. Trump supporters) to THINK.

  11. Martin Johnson | July 25, 2019 at 7:09 PM | Reply

    Everyone has our information, paper votes are the only way, otherwise everything else is rigged and transparency disappears

  12. Maynard Johnson | July 25, 2019 at 7:42 PM | Reply

    I have always advocated button be mandated right next to the user agreement that says “I agree” that says “yeah, what ever”.


  14. I hope there isn’t too much data about me. I try to fly under the radar with my bat like radar ears!

    • I get your point, but wrong analogy, I think?! … I thought it was more akin to ‘sonar’ (ie: it navigates by sending out a noise that bounces back, which they then recognize). But hey, bat ears are STILL cool😂😉✌👍

  15. This is ridiculous. It seems like the media seems to have anti-Social Media, anti-Social Network, anti-Video Sharing bias with Facebook being the recipient of their wrath. I don’t like to comment on YouTube, but I feel I have to say this, Facebook may indeed be the worst offender of privacy abuses but it’s not the only offender. Telecom companies, unlike Facebook, not only charge you an excessive amount of money to use their services but also can and do sell your data without your consent.

    I feel like people are simply rushing to bash Social Media for the ills of the world without just taking personal responsibility because they have been told by their parents from an early age that social media bad. Social Media is a technology. You can CHOOSE to let the technology control you or you can control it. To blame one company for political polarization, teen depression, etc is stupid. I swear God, people want to have their cake and eat it too. People want free stuff and yet don’t want to give anything back in return. Do you people remember paying for an email with AOL, or Browsers with Netscape. Does anyone want to return back to those days, in exchange for privacy? I am all for privacy, but I also for convenience.

    For the problems with Facebook, I didn’t see anyone complain about it when dissidents used the platform along with Twitter to start the Libyan revolution. For those who say I am glad I deleted Facebook, social media, the problem is that in the end it really doesn’t matter. The generation behind you won’t remember a time without social media. You can’t fight technological change no matter how much you fear it. I consider myself center-left but I am also an Engineer who neither believes technology is good or bad but what you make of it.

  16. 0:07 5 billion huh .. wow thats a lot… but er tell much how much profit .. not revenue mind but profit did FB make doing the thing for which they were fined ?

  17. 0:21 yeah .. if you wanna get serious about fines .. you don’t go after fixed values … you go after percentages .. we are going to fine you 25% of you yearly revenue … that way its self adjusting to hurt in proportion to the size of the company automatically…

  18. Rhimera lemuse | July 25, 2019 at 10:30 PM | Reply

    FB has made plenty of money for shareholders, they’ll certainly appeal the fine and negotiate a smaller fine ?

  19. 15:02 they truly are the new standard oil lol

  20. Bannon confirmed something for me in this documentary, and that’s that they’re trying to break the system in order to reset and insert a new one they can control, which in a way is a good idea as things how they are can only get much worse.

    The internet, like oil, is the best and worst thing that ever happened to humans, and i see no happy ending for any of us. It’s virtually impossible not to become victims of our success. We strike it rich, but always as a cost larger than the gain, much like gambling for the first time, those who get hooked the worst are the one’s who won big first time round. its also akin to taking steroids, once you find a way to win, there ain’t no goin back until you have a heart attack.

    With society so dis-intergated personally, how can we hope to survive?

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