Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Former head of the Cambridge Analytica changed his testimony about the sources

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Melinda Barton | 09 June, 2018, 08:43

The committee is investigating fake news, but it has been expanded to include the data harvesting scandal that emerged this year when Facebook data of 87 million users was harvested without their explicit consent.

Former chief Alexander Nix, in earlier testimony to parliament's media committee, also denied the political consultancy had ever been given data by Aleksandr Kogan, the researcher linked to the scandal.

Today, the Knicks changed his testimony and said he had heard from Kogan.

Sources say the money was supposedly meant to help get potential successor data firm, Emerdata, off the ground, with one person adding that Nix said the withdrawal was made in exchange for "unbooked services". Nix said he thought he had been asked if Cambridge Analytica was still using the data.

Alexander Nix, the former CEO of Cambridge Analytica, allegedly embezzled $8 million from the company before it shut down and filed for bankruptcy last month.

In a heated encounter with the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Nix told MPs: "If you were sitting where I am right now you'd probably feel quite victimised".

Reversing a statement given in February to British MPs, Mr Nix conceded that Cambridge Analytica did receive data from the researcher at the centre of the scandal.

Despite the negative sentiment among consumers, however, there is little evidence of sites such as Facebook suffering significant damage from the data misuse revelations - either financially or in terms of user base.

Facebook said Kogan then violated its policies by passing the data to Cambridge Analytica.

On Wednesday he told Channel 4: 'I actually backed up everything I said with documents.

Nix stepped down from the helm of Cambridge Analytica in April after Channel 4 broadcast footage of him telling an undercover reporter the company could send "Ukrainian girls" to a rival politician's home.

"The government of India is deeply concerned about reports of such lapses and violations", a statement issued by the IT Ministry said on Thursday.

On other matters, Nix was less apologetic. As Christopher Wylie says in the above video, "Cambridge Analytica is the beginning, it's not the end".

Over the course of almost four hours, Nix launched a series of attacks on the Guardian, Channel 4 News, whistleblower Chris Wiley and the UK's data protection watchdog.