Carole Cadwalladr is a fantastic journalist.
If you’re not familiar with her name then you will definitely be aware of the massive story she broke earlier this year which revealed how Cambridge Analytica harvested the profiles of 50 million Facebook users and targeted them in an attempt to get them to vote for Donald Trump in the 2016 US Presidential election.
Facebook threatened to sue Cadwalladr’s newspaper to prevent them from printing the allegations, and then later admitted that as many as 87 million people have had their details improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica.
— Carole Cadwalladr (@carolecadwalla) March 17, 2018
The social network’s image has been seriously tarnished, and it has engaged in an expensive media campaign to reassure users that it takes security and privacy seriously, and apologise for past mistakes.
Facebook hasn’t, however, to the best of my knowledge apologised to The Guardian for threatening to take legal action. Which makes you wonder whether it really is as sorry for what happened as it now likes to suggest.
And the story doesn’t end there, as Cadwalladr continues to investigate Cambridge Analytica, associated firms, and indeed the possibility that there was similarly shady manipulation taking place in an attempt to influence the UK Brexit referendum.
Much of the British media doesn’t seem to be keen to explore the possible Cambridge Analytica/Brexit link, which is a shame.
Fortunately, Sweden isn’t so shy. Sweden’s public-service broadcaster invited Cadwalladr to discuss what happened behind-the-scenes of the Cambridge Analytica investigation, and it makes for a fascinating listen.
Last week, Carole Cadwalladr won The Orwell Prize for Journalism for her work investigating the impact of big data on the EU Referendum at the US Presidential election.
We need more investigative journalists like Carole Cadwalladr.