Congress a client, Cambridge Analytica worked extensively in India, says whistleblower
30 March, 2018, 00:54 | Author: Arnold Gilbert
According to reports and recent revelations from whistle blower Christopher Wylie, Cambridge Analytica, a political consultant firm, began collecting private information about Facebook users in 2014 for political purposes, a violation of Facebook's user agreement. Wylie now claims that he believes that both CambridgeAnalytica and Canadian company Aggregate IQ had an influence on the Brexit referendum as the Vote Leave campaign reportedly spent 40 percent of its budget on Aggregate IQ's services, targeting 7 million United Kingdom voters.
CambridgeAnalytica vigorously denies the charges levelled against it, saying that Wylie was merely "a part-time employee who left his position in July 2014" and had no direct knowledge of how the firm had operated since. He said that CambridgeAnalytica was also used in countries that are struggling democracies, which he called "an example of what modern-day colonialism looks like".
Wylie claimed in his testimony before the House of Commons yesterday that CambridgeAnalytica had the Congress party as a client in India, but the "documents" put out by him don't say so.
The documents provide a snapshot of the in-depth work the company was able to carry out during elections and beyond, for more than a decade, based on "micro-level" information on households across 600 districts, and 7 lakh villages. They have an office in India...
"I believe their client was Congress but I know that they have done all kinds of projects both regional..."
Wylie tweeted that he had been getting a lot of requests from Indian journalists to disclose SCL's past projects in India.
"The data is also known to have been passed around using generic, non-corporate email systems, outside of the servers of CambridgeAnalytica, and linked company SCL", the report states.
CambridgeAnalytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie has disclosed that Congress might have taken the services of CambridgeAnalytica during elections, at least regionally.
It has emerged the company was sold the 50 million Facebook profiles, data harvested by an app masquerading as a personality quiz.
If Christopher Wylie came to me personally and told me anything my reaction would be "hmmmmmmmmmmm" the pink hair and pierced nose would give me cause for concern, but the mainstream media have taken his word as gospel and the Trump Victory as well as the BREXIT Vote were all manipulated by CambridgeAnalytica where Christopher Wylie worked.
In the document he shared on Twitter, it can be found that CambridgeAnalytica has been working in India for several parties since 2003. Having covered the Bihar 2015 elections, and having interacted with the IPAC social media team that worked on it, this writer can say without doubt that Amrish Tyagi, OVL or any third company had nothing to do with Nitish Kumar or Lalu Yadav's social media campaign. "The whistleblower has publicly confirmed that the Congress was indeed their client", Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
"They (CambridgeAnalytica) worked extensively in India".
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