US Attorney General to Investigate Facebook Over Data Leak to Group Linked to Trump Campaign

Politicians in Congress and Parliament are demanding Facebook testify as to how a conservative political data firm with ties to Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign collected profiles from more than 50 million unsuspecting Facebook users to target voters during the presidential election.
According to The New York Times and The Observer, Cambridge Analytica, which was founded by former Trump senior adviser and Breitbart chairman Steve Bannon and conservative donor Robert Mercer, was able to gather data from millions of Facebook profiles without their consent or notification. The firm claimed it could use “psychographic modeling” from that data that allowed it to identify the personalities of individual voters and influence their behavior.
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Since the reports surfaced on Saturday, Massachusetts attorney general Maura Healey announced on Twitter that that her office would be launching an investigation into the data leak, linking to the NYT report. On Capitol Hill, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat from Minnesota, demanded that Mark Zuckerberg testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee to answer questions about the leak.

Facebook breach: This is a major breach that must be investigated. It’s clear these platforms can’t police themselves. I’ve called for more transparency & accountability for online political ads. They say “trust us.” Mark Zuckerberg needs to testify before Senate Judiciary.
– Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) March 17, 2018
Meanwhile, in London, Conservative MP Damian Collins also demanded that Zuckerberg testify before Parliament, as he continues an investigation into possible Russian meddling during the U.K.’s Brexit referendum vote.
“We need to hear from people who can speak about Facebook from a position of authority that requires them to know the truth,” Collins said. “The reputation of this company is being damaged by stealth, because of their constant failure to respond with clarity and authority to the questions of genuine public interest that are being directed to them.”
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“Someone has to take responsibility for this,” Collins concluded. “It’s time for Mark Zuckerberg to stop hiding behind his Facebook page.”
Facebook VP Paul Grewal said in a statement on Sunday that the company is currently performing a “comprehensive internal and external review” to determine whether the Facebook data that was acquired still exists. Christopher Wylie, Cambridge Analytica’s former director of research who exposed the firm’s data system to the media, has refused to cooperate with Facebook until the suspension on the account is lifted.
“Given he said he ‘exploited Facebook to harvest millions of people’s profiles,’ we cannot do this at this time,” Grewal’s statement reads.

Before he had the ear of the president, former White House Chief Political Strategist Steve Bannon tried his hand at Hollywood. As a producer, he was behind several small movies, but he really hit his movie-making stride writing and directing conservative documentaries aimed at Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Here’s a complete list of every Hollywood project in which Bannon’s had a hand.

“The Indian Runner” (1991) — Executive ProducerBannon’s first movie as an executive producer was, somewhat ironically, written and directed by famous Trump critic Sean Penn. “The Indian Runner” starred Viggo Mortensen and David Morse as brothers on the opposite sides of the law. Here’s the trailer.

“Titus” (1999) — Co-Executive ProducerAnthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange star in this modern-styled adaptation of the Shakespeare “Titus Andronicus.” That story packs an interesting mix of 1950s aesthetics and ancient Roman subject matter. Bannon served as co-executive producer on the project, the production of which was his obsession for almost a decade. Watch the trailer here.

“Reagan: In the Face of Evil” (2004) — Co-ProducerBannon wrote and directed this documentary, based on the book “Reagan’s War” by Peter Schweizer. It’s heavily conservative and positive about the former Republican president, focusing on his Cold War battle with the Soviet Union. It also holds a fairly abysmal 11 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Watch the trailer here.
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“Border War: The Battle Over Illegal Immigration” (2006) — Executive ProducerBannon’s got a lot of interest in illegal immigration. “Border War” expands its look on illegal immigrants coming from Mexico, trying to include everything from human smuggling and crime to protests and immigration laws. Watch the trailer here.
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“Tradition Never Graduates: A Season Inside Notre Dame Football” (2007) — Executive ProducerFor the first time since he was producing Shakespeare, Bannon’s filmography takes a break from conservative-leaning movies to talk about how great Notre Dame football is.

“The Chaos Experiment” (2009) — Executive ProducerObviously the best way to improve a “Saw”-style serial killer thriller is with a heavy handed anti-global warming message. Val Kilmer is a deranged global warming scientist who no one will believe. So he locks six people in a steam room to simulate what global warming will eventually do to the world. Watch the trailer here.

“Generation Zero” (2010) — Writer, Director, ProducerMore than one critic called Bannon’s documentary “Generation Zero” a “horror movie” about the US economy. Bannon explains the economic crash of 2008 by blaming the national deficit and bank bailouts, as well as the 1960s and the Baby Boomer generation. But really, this is about the rise of the Tea Party. Watch the trailer here.
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“Battle for America” (2010) — Writer, Director, ProducerBannon tried to get out the conservative vote for the 2010 midterm elections by painting it as a war against the Obama Administration in this documentary. It’s kind of hilarious listening to some of the conservative comments about the radical Obama presidency in the face of Trump’s first seven weeks in office. Watch the trailer here.
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“Fire from the Heartland” (2010) — Writer, Director, ProducerFocusing on women in American conservatism, “Fire from the Heartland” paints the picture of a powerful American cultural movement that draws strength from women’s issues. The movie posits that angry “Mama Grizzly” conservative women are the unforeseen side-effect of feminism in America. Watch the trailer here.
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“Sarah Palin: The Undefeated” (2010)”The Undefeated” chronicles Sarah Palin’s rise in battling the Republican establishment and the liberal media. Bannon’s doc explores her life and history as a politician, painting her as a warrior who went up against special interests and corruption as she rose from Alaska to the national stage. Watch the trailer here.
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“The Hope & the Change” (2012) — Writer, Director, ProducerDemocrats are disillusioned because of Barack Obama, Bannon works to show in this documentary. Interviewing something like 40 Democrats and Independents, the movie finds people who never got the Hope and Change they were promised. Watch the trailer here.
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“District of Corruption” (2012) — Writer, Director, ProducerBefore he was part of the Trump Administration and the constant allegations of corruption it weathers, Bannon made this doc hammering the Obama Administration with claims of corruption. Bannon wrote and directed this one, working with conservative watch dog group Judicial Watch. Check out the trailer here.
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“Occupy Unmasked” (2012) — Writer, DirectorBannon’s documentaries have shown the Tea Party in a positive light, and in “Occupy Unmasked,” he goes after a liberal movement. The movie portrays Occupy as radical, uncontrollable, and dangerous. Watch the trailer here.
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“Sweetwater” (2013) — Executive ProducerTaking a break from making documentaries, Bannon produced “Sweetwater.” The Western is all about revenge and murdering bad dudes, and has a pretty notable cast, including heavy hitters like January Jones, Jason Isaacs, Ed Harris and Stephen Root. Watch the trailer here.

“Rickover: The Birth of Nuclear Power” (2014) — Executive Producer”Rickover” tells the story of controversial US Navy Admiral Hyman Rickover, who pushed for the first nuclear-powered submarine. After that, Rickover became an entrepreneur and nuclear pioneer, building the first commercial nuclear power plant. The documentary, produced by Bannon, appeared on PBS, of all places.

“Clinton Cash” (2016) — Writer, Executive ProducerAhead of the 2016 election, Bannon wrote a documentary adaptation of the book “Clinton Cash” by Peter Schweizer. The movie focuses on Clinton Foundation corruption and suggests foreign money influences Hillary Clinton in government. Another ironic one, as allegations of ethics breaches and using the presidency for personal enrichment continue to follow the Trump family. Watch the trailer here.
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“Torchbearer” (2016) — Writer, Director, Executive Producer”Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson goes around the world to talk about Christianity and the Bible in this Bannon-directed doc. The Duck Commander uses the Bible to add context to historical sites, pushing the idea of a culture war to get Christians out to the 2016 polls. Watch the trailer here.
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“Seinfeld” (1992) — InvestorBannon’s investment banking company bought a minor stake in Castle Rock Entertainment, the producer behind the show, in 1992. That gave Bannon’s company an undisclosed chunk of the syndication royalties for the show. By 2013, “Seinfeld” reruns had earned $3.1 billion. Even if Bannon only had a one-percent cut of the royalties, “Seinfeld” would have netted him $31 million.

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Bannon produced Hollywood movies in the 1990s, but most of his efforts have gone to making polemic, conservative documentaries

Before he had the ear of the president, former White House Chief Political Strategist Steve Bannon tried his hand at Hollywood. As a producer, he was behind several small movies, but he really hit his movie-making stride writing and directing conservative documentaries aimed at Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Here’s a complete list of every Hollywood project in which Bannon’s had a hand.

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