A version of this was published in the Sky Hi News April 2-4, 2018
Update: Data breach affected 87 , not 50, million and Facebook will begin informing all customers whose data was shared with Cambridge Analytica. http://money.cnn.com/2018/04/04/technology/facebook-cambridge-analytica-data-87-million/index.html
In the text released by Special Counsel Robert Mueller of the indictment of the thirteen Russians who conducted active measures to influence the 2016 US elections lay the kernel of a solution to a mystery that has been bugging me. The disclosure of the use of Facebook by the British firm Cambridge Analytics is also illuminating. Both shed insights into how our social media postings and email messaging are used by US adversaries and campaign strategists to target their bots, blogs, trolls, advertising, fundraising, and effective comments to achieve their goals of increasing political divisions or to support their preferred candidates in America. They have our thought profiles pegged and it is a darn creepy way to manipulate us.