Apr 10, 2018

Cambridge Analytica attacks critics for creating political scandal

Cambridge Analytica said it was one of hundreds of companies legally using Facebook user data and attacked critics it said were using "Speculation and hearsay" to create a political scandal ahead of Mark Zuckerberg's testimony to Congress. The company published a statement of 10 bullet points late on Monday, the eve of Mr Zuckerberg's first testimony which is likely to delve into Cambridge Analytica's use of data on up to 87m Facebook users. Cambridge Analytica said it had not used the Facebook data it obtained from Global Science Research, a company associated with Cambridge professor Aleksandr Kogan, in the Trump campaign. Cambridge Analytica repeated that it had obtained data from 30m Facebook users - rather than the up to 87m that Facebook has estimated could be affected - and said there were no people from outside the US in the dataset. In Monday's blog post, Cambridge Analytica also reiterated its claim that Christopher Wylie, who was the source of the original reports about the company and the leaked Facebook data, had "No recent knowledge of our business or its practices".

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