by Shawn Fleetwood
A so-called “blunder” by social media platform Snap Inc. enabled Democrat-run organizations to gain access to a trove of Republican voter data to “hone” their political ads for the upcoming 2022 midterm elections, according to a new report. Formally known as Snapchat Inc., the company rebranded in 2016 to include its other products, such as its “Spectacles” glasses.
As Axios reported on Wednesday, the “slip-up” by the Big Tech company permitted groups such as “the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams’ gubernatorial campaign” to “target their ads on the platform using data maintained by the Republican-aligned firm i360.”
“There’s no indication Snap was aware of or facilitated that data sharing, and the company said it’s taking steps to rectify the oversight,” the report claims. “But the blunder underscores the sensitivities surrounding reams of voter data that have become a highly valuable political commodity.”
While Axios notes that the issue “impacted data maintained by both Democratic and Republican data firms,” records reportedly reviewed by the outlet indicate that the data’s “use by political groups was significantly more prolific on the Democratic side.”
“We take full responsibility for this mistake, and as soon as we became aware of it, we notified the two Democratic and Republican vendors who were equally impacted, and took action to correct the issue,” a Snap representative told Axios. “We are also taking steps to ensure this doesn’t happen again.”
While a self-proclaimed “mistake,” Snap’s voter data mismanagement is hardly the first time a Big Tech company’s actions have benefited the Democrat Party in U.S. elections. Look no further than the 2020 presidential contest, wherein both Facebook and Twitter worked overtime to squash The New York Post’s report on the Hunter Biden laptop story in the days leading up to the election.
As The Federalist reported at the time, a Media Research Center survey revealed that the censoring of the bombshell story affected voters’ decisions at the ballot box, with 1 in 6 Biden voters surveyed saying “they would have been less likely to vote for Biden if they had been aware of evidence Biden lied about ‘knowledge of his son Hunter’s overseas business dealings.’”
What’s more troubling, however, is that the cozy relationship between Big Tech companies and the Democrat Party goes back even further than 2020. After successfully running the first real “online” campaign in the 2008 election, former President Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign made sure to enhance its ties with Big Tech firms heading into the fall election, with Facebook being the most notable.
Again, funny how all these little “oopsies” always go in one direction, benefitting Democrats and harming Republicans.
Totally asinine comment from the boards moron
I guess the left does not have computer experts
09/09/22 – Computer experts urge Georgia to replace voting machines
The people who breached the system were Trump operatives.
What a surprise. You could knock me over with a feather.
You democrats cheat. Not Trump. It’s already been established. Eric “Trump won’t win, I made f*cking sure of that” Coomer is lucky he’s not in jail.
J6th can’t work forever, you nazi.
The only established evidence of efforts to steal the election clearly points at Trump and his lackeys. They clearly made multiple efforts in multiple states. Taking every unfair advantage whenever possible has been Trump’s entire way of life.
The rampant and overwhelming evidence of Democrat election fraud in 2020 is FACT.
Says the people who have invented HUNDREDS of hoaxes on Trump, and every one of them dissolving under the light of day?
Biden threatened all those who oppose him.
Krystle Matthews, a Democrat:
Racism, fraud, tyranny…THAT’S YOUR PARTY, GREG.
Now, if you like to offer something about Trump “taking advantage” that isn’t just you being a jealous loser, by all means.
Here’s you. Here’s the deep state and Democrat Party:
Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals: “Accuse your opponent of what you are doing, to create confusion and to inculcate voters against evidence of your own guilt”
NO ONE is following your simple-bitch inversion of the truth.
Democrats are taking advantage. Trump? Not so much.
You’re losing. Just accept your defeat and be a man.
Look at the bright side
A new Rasmussen poll has found that for the first time a majority of voters want to see Joe Biden impeached. Perhaps the most startling aspect of the survey is that almost a third of Democrats either strongly or somewhat support the notion.
Less than half of Democrats surveyed strongly oppose the idea, with a total of 32 percent expressing support for impeachment.
May be having to put basics such as food on a credit card might have something to do with it, along with soaring food gas and other everyday needs.
But here we see you…
So, it took some Republicans showing how easily electronic voting can be breached to get you fraud-addicts to take notice?
Prove it. You have NO proof of that whatsoever and your article is rife with disproven lies.
Uh, no. We could go back to STATE FARM ARENA. You’ve yet to explain that. While I strongly condemn any election fraud, even the rare accounts of Republicans participating, it has been Democrats that rely on it and then deny it happens.
Look at idiot Biden, unifying people and stuff!
What defeat are you referring to? Biden is President, while Trump is the subject of multiple criminal investigations. I can’t keep track of how many of his associates have already been indicted and convicted of crimes.
Don’t need a feather. It’s easy to knock over cowards already on their knees.
Donald Trump is not an honorable man. That one obvious truth should disqualify him from holding any public office.
There, fixed it all up for you.
But you think idiot Biden forcing his young daughter to shower with him is “honorable”? That idiot Biden enabling his son’s drug addiction and whore mongering is “honorable”? The influence peddling and weakening the nation is “honorable”?
Trump was an actual leader that cared about his country and the citizens instead of degenerate sexual activity and selling out the nation for personal profit, like idiot Biden.
We don’t decide things with nebulous, subjective language and a tyrannical FBI to back up simple power grabs.
We have the rule of Law, and that covers Trump as well.
YOU HAVE NOTHING.
And you are soundly dismissed if you want to call out Trump but support public pedophilia and foreign bribes to the unelected Joe Biden.
You are not a rational man. That one point should disqualify you from speaking or posting anything, if you were self-aware.
As it is, we will continue to crush your idiotic hate-speech and destroy your irrational “ideas” one post at a time.
Keep’m coming, greg. You’re “side” is losing, and losing big.
The only established evidence of efforts to steal the election clearly points at Trump and his lackeys.
There is no evidence President Trump stole the 2020 election. That would be unnecessary given he won in 2020