Comedian Blackmails Congress with Data from ‘Ted Cruz Erotic Fan Fiction’ Ads

Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons

Comedian John Oliver took a creative approach to pressure Congress into passing new consumer data protection legislation by threatening to expose their salacious internet browsing and search histories. Oliver admitted he paid sketchy data brokers to collect websites and terms searched by lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

The Washington Examiner reports:

Oliver paid the brokers to use different targeted online ads, including a popular one that offered erotic fan fiction about Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, to lure his suspects in and gather their data.

“So it seems when Congress’s own privacy is at risk, they somehow find a way to act,” Oliver said on his show. “And it also seems like they’re not entirely aware just how easy it is for anyone, and I do mean anyone, to get their personal information.”

”If you’re terrified about what I might do with it, you might want to channel that worry into making sure that I can’t do anything,“ Oliver threatened members of Congress.

Oliver and his team paid data brokers to phish for the data of members of Congress by creating a demographic profile of men aged 45 and up who live within a 5-mile radius of the U.S. Capitol and who had previously visited sites related to or searched for terms including divorce, massage, hair loss, and mid-life crisis.

The comedian said he was trying to highlight the overreach of online data brokers who are able to collect large amounts of data on any internet user and then sell that information.

This isn’t the first attempt to pass new legislation on the subject,  Republican legislators previously pushed President Biden to work with Congress toward enacting federal consumer privacy and data security legislation in 2022.



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Rich Bach
Rich Bach
3 months ago

Wow. When the shoe is on the other foot, Congress can actually do something about big tech using a person’s search history to sell it to a third party. When Congress is called out for their search history, then this seem to happen at Warp Speed. Isn’t that just peachy?

Nan
Nan
3 months ago
Reply to  Rich Bach

So typical of the delusional evil ones. So happy they lose in the End.

danir
danir
3 months ago

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SunshineKid
SunshineKid
3 months ago

Let’s keep this tactic in mind if you want to pressure Congress. Especially if there is common evidence of wrongdoing that could land the lawmakers in jail. But don’t call it “blackmail”, as doing that is a crime. Call it what it is, an exposure if they don’t do the right thing. Not for your personal benefit, but for the nation. Then they have no leg to stand upon.

Chainlink700rt
3 months ago

The comedian is missing one fact…
It leads directly back to him.
Like a bright light in a dark tunnel.

charles A wilkins
charles A wilkins
3 months ago

These crazy democrats have to go,the democrat biden recession is here, interest rates are rising, energy rates are rising, food cost keep rising, inflation is still rising, medical rates are rising, everything cost more, clothing cost more, transportation cost more, get these fxxxing crazy democrats out of office before a total depression happens..tax and spend, tax and spend, enhance your own pockets, fxxx the tax payor, corruption corruption corruption,the new battls cry for these demccrats. the mid terms are almost here vote them out keep them out, they just can’t govern. Look how much money the bidens have made selling American down the drain.

Don
Don
3 months ago

Hope it leads to something useful……unlike Congress.

John Grychak
John Grychak
3 months ago

IN 16 MONTHS AMERICA HAS BECOME A JOKE TO THE WORLD, A BECUASE OF THE JOBAMA BIDEN/OBAMA REGIME. WHEN WILL SOMEBODY PUT A STOP TO THIS BUNCH OF ANTI-AMERICAN SCREWBALLS? INSTEAD OF THIS S0-CALLED ADMINISTRATION, “KEEPING AMERICA FREE FROM HARM”, THEY HAVE GONE OUT OF THEIR WAY TO PUT AMERICA DIRECTLY “IN HARMS WAY”!

yeah me
yeah me
3 months ago

Why not target the pedo’s?

yeah me
yeah me
3 months ago

This guy apparently hasn’t got the full scope of what the term “suicided” means!

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