John Harris

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The Cambridge Analytica saga is a scandal of Facebook’s own making | John Harris

This mess was inevitable. Facebook has worked tirelessly to gather as much data on users as it could – and to profit from it

Big corporate scandals tend not to come completely out of the blue. As with politicians, accident-prone companies rarely become that way by accident, and a spectacular crisis can often arrive at the end of a long spell of bad decisions and confidence curdling into hubris. So it is with the tale of Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, and a saga that vividly highlights the awful mess that the biggest player in billions of online lives has turned into.

Related: Cambridge Analytica may be guilty of hype. But data mining poisons our politics | Gaby Hinsliff

At times, Mark Zuckerberg looks like someone who cannot keep up even with himself

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