Are you really Facebook’s product? The history of a dangerous idea.

On March 21, at the height of the scandal over Cambridge Analytica’s harvesting of Facebook user data for political targeting, CNN’s Jake Tapper tweeted a quote that he attributed to the computer security expert Bruce Schneier:

Bruce Schneier: . “Don’t make the mistake of thinking you’re Facebook’s customer, you’re not – you’re the product. Its customers are the advertisers.”

Tapper’s tweet was retweeted more than 3,900 times. But that same day, HuffPost ran a story that attributed a similar quote to privacy expert Mark Weinstein: “You as a Facebook user are not the customer. You are the product they sell.”

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