What’s Happening at Facebook? A Breakdown of the Ongoing Data Story

Facebook Data Story

When Facebook shared a story in its official newsroom at 9:00 p.m. on Friday night, it didn’t bode well for anyone.

Maybe it would make sense to post a small, throw-away story at a time when few people would be monitoring their inboxes for breaking news or major announcements. But at that point, why publish it at all? No, this had to be something big — something that Facebook hoped people would miss for the sake of their regularly-scheduled Friday night plans.

But it didn’t quite work out that way.

Instead, the weekend was much noisier than usual, with reporters, legislators, and executives weighing in on what might turn out to be the biggest tech news story of the year: the story of how the personal data of 50 million Facebook users was obtained by a so-called data analytics firm and likely misused for a number of purposes, including, allegedly, influencing a U.S. presidential election.

How in the world did this happen?

Many are understandably confused about that question — as well as what’s going to happen now, who’s at fault, and more.

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