Facebook revokes data firm's access for helping Trump campaign but didn't mind when Obama did the same thing

The average American will spend two hours today on social media. The average teenager trounces this number with NINE hours. That’s longer than an average school day.

Only 5 percent of Americans were using Facebook back in 2005. Today, that number is over 70 percent. Roughly 50 percent of all millennials say they get their news exclusively from Facebook and Twitter. These numbers are huge. Facebook is DOMINATING news, and it’s threatening to eventually render the legacy media outlets obsolete in the very near future.

Now, knowing all these facts and figures, what would you say if I told you there have been people leveraging this power to manipulate the way you think and vote? A political data firm hired by President Trump’s election campaign, called Cambridge Analytica, did just that.

How did they do it? I gotta tell you, this would have made even George Orwell cringe. The process is called Psychometrics, and it involves mapping a Facebook user's personality by analyzing the things you look at and the posts you like. This information was then used to, in the words of the firm's co-founder, “to fight a culture war in America.”

In the end, over 50 million people were being manipulated.

In the end, over 50 million people were being manipulated by Cambridge Analytica. But maybe the worst part of all this is that it’s actually legal. Facebook users agree to this type of “research information” when they click the Terms of Service box after creating an account.

When this story broke, Facebook’s stock to a 7 percent loss. The New York Times wrote multiple damaging articles, and the pile-on has even included a #DeleteFacebook campaign on social media.

Facebook has responded by condemning Cambridge Analytica and revoking their access. That’s kind of interesting given Facebook’s track record here. The Obama campaign basically did the exact same thing back in 2012, but both Facebook and the media had a much different response to it back then.

In fact, in an article on June 20, 2013, the New York Times wrote a praise-filled puff piece on how the Obama campaign harvested Facebook data to manipulate the 2012 election. The only problem is they didn’t use the word “manipulate” like they're doing today. Back when Obama was doing this, it was called, “technologically advanced formulas for reaching voters.”

They were on our side.

Carol Davidson, the former director of integration and media analytics for Obama For America called it “sucking out the whole social graph.” Whatever name you want to put on it, Facebook --- like the New York Times --- apparently didn’t see anything wrong with this when it was being done by Obama. According to Davidson, when Facebook found out the Obama campaign was doing this, they were surprised BUT... “they were on our side.”

Facebook is a private company and can do what they want, but we’re now entering a time when the primary source of our information --- in this case, social media --- is being manipulated and used to direct us down a certain path. The Democrats did it in 2012, and now the Republicans did it in 2016. Imagine how this evolves in just a few years.

On Thursday's radio program, Grace Smith and her father, Andy, joined Glenn Beck on the phone and provided a first-hand account of Grace's refusal to wear a mask at school.

Smith, 16, began a maskless protest after her school district in Laramie, Wyoming, decided to implement a mask mandate. As a result, Grace received three suspensions, was issued two $500-citations, and was eventually arrested.

"How long were you in jail?" Glenn asked.

Grace said was taken to jail but was never booked nor was she was placed in a jail cell.

Glenn commended Grace's father, Andy, for raising such a "great citizen" and asked if it was Grace's idea to protest. Andy said it was Grace's idea, explaining that they took the position of arguing on the grounds of civil rights rather than the efficacy of wearing a mask.

Grace has since withdrawn from public school and started a home school program. She also told Glenn that she will continue to fight the school district, legally.

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It seems the Left wants a civil war and some on the Right want a national divorce. The country is split right now unlike anything Glenn Beck has ever witnessed. There are two sides: Those who want to fundamentally change this country and those who believe in KEEPING the experiment of liberty that the Founding Founders intended.

The ideological gap seems impossible to cross, but Glenn explains why he won't secede. David Reaboi, Claremont Institute senior fellow and author of "National Divorce Is Expensive, but It's Worth Every Penny," tells Glenn why a national breakup is not an impossibility just because it will be difficult.

What can we do to fight back … peacefully? How can the states that still believe in the Constitution create pockets of freedom in the shadow of tyranny? On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn answers that and provides a road map to preserving what the Left is trying to destroy.

Finally, James Simpson, author of "Who Was Karl Marx? The Men, the Motives and the Menace Behind Today's Rampaging American Left," provides solutions on the issues the "red states" must unite around before Left and Right America officially call it quits.

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An Afghan interpreter who helped save then-Sen. Joe Biden's life in 2008 was among those stranded in Afghanistan after Biden's troop withdrawal. He has now escaped the country with his family, but not with President Biden's help.

Thanks to private organizations, including The Nazarene Fund, the interpreter and his family have now been rescued.

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A shocking new report by The Daily Wire reveals that the furious father whose arrest at a school board meeting likely sparked the call for the FBI to investigate anti-CRT parents like domestic terrorists was furious for good reasons: The Loudoun County School Board allegedly tried to cover up his daughter's rape.

Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to discuss the incident and explain why he joined 60 lawmakers in a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland demanding answers for why the FBI is targeting parents.

"We want to know ... what kind of coordination took place between the White House, activist groups and teachers unions, and the Department of Justice," Stewart told Glenn. "Because we have evidence that there was [coordination] and, in fact, that the White House are the ones who initiated this. They asked for these activist groups to write this inflammatory letter to the Department of Justice saying they were 'intimidated' and that they 'felt threatened', giving the Department of Justice Attorney General Garland, the excuse to say, 'Okay, well, we have to respond'."

Stewart went on to say he believes the federal government would only involve the FBI in such an issue if its purpose is to silence and intimidate parents concerned about the "poison" being taught to their kids in school. So, what can he and the other representatives who disagree with the Biden administration's overreach of power do to stop it?

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