Thursday, March 22, 2018

Democrats Plan to Question Professor at Center of Facebook–Cambridge Analytica Scandal

By Gizmodo, Mar. 19, 2018

University of Cambridge professor Aleksandr Kogan told colleagues in an email this weekend that he’d volunteer to testify before Congress about his role in Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal, according to CNN. House and Senate Democrats are prepared to accept Dr. Kogan’s offer.

According to Facebook, Dr. Kogan provided Cambridge Analytica—a political data analytics firm hired by President Donald Trump’s campaign and financed by billionaire Robert Mercer—access to information about 50 million Facebook users, all the while telling Facebook the data was being gathered for academic purposes. The firm reportedly used that data to create “psychographic” profiles on Americans, which it is said to have used to try to influence the American electorate in favor of the Trump campaign.
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