Snap’s GOP Voter Data Abuse Is Just Another Example Of Big Tech’s Election Interference On Behalf Of Democrats
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
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