President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, along with Cambridge Analytica, targeted millions of black Americans in an effort to suppress mass voters, according to leaked data in the campaign.
According to a special Channel 4 News report, Trump’s 2016 campaign used a “huge cache of data” on nearly 200 million American voters, with 3.5 million black Americans classified as “preventive” or voters went.
Channel 4 News reported that black Americans were marked as “detractors” by Trump’s 2016 campaign, and were targeted with frequent ads on Facebook and other channels.
Brad Parscale, the 2016 campaign digital director and former 2020 campaign manager, said in a 2018 interview with PBS Frontline that Trump’s successful presidency did not target black Americans.
“I would say that I am almost 100 percent sure that we did not run any campaign that targets African-Americans as well,” he said.
However, the alleged data leaks cast doubt on those claims.
According to Channel 4 News, the 2016 campaign used negative advertisements to reduce the turnout of Hillary Clinton supporters, including videos that she referred to black youth as “super predators”.
Facebook, which has begun implementing measures to prevent election interference and voter misinformation for the upcoming 2020 election, has no public record of ads, as many of them disappeared from the stage when Trump’s campaign Had stopped paying for them.
Cambridge Analytica lost most of its customers and suppliers in 2018 due to allegations that the consulting firm collected data from millions of Facebook users without their consent for the purpose of political advertising. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has since promised to improve the social network to prevent similar violations, but it appeared that the company was more concerned about misuse of user data than originally thought Used to know
Tips Clear has reached out to Trump’s 2020 campaign for comments on Channel 4 News’s report, which includes a similar strategy this year. We have also reached out to the Facebook and House Intelligence Committee for comments on the matter, and we will update this article as soon as we hear back.