Believe Cong was company's client: Cambridge Analytica whistleblower

Facebook has faced a public reckoning about its treatment of user data sparked by reports that political-advertising firm Cambridge Analytica obtained information on 50 million users without their permission

Believe Cong was company's client: Cambridge Analytica whistleblower

"When you look at Facebook's biggest market, India is the top in terms of numbers of users".

Christopher Wylie, a Cambridge Analytica founder turned whistleblower, said in an interview with The Guardian the information culled from Facebook included status updates and, in some cases, private messages. "But they do have offices there, they do have staff".

"I believe their (Cambridge Analytica) client was Congress. I believe I have some documentation on India which I can also provide the committee if that's something that interests you". He claimed to have heard stories that Muresan, a Romanian national, may have been poisoned in a hotel room while in the African country.

Mark Zuckerberg has taken out full-page ads in nine major United States and British newspapers to apologize for the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

The testimony comes a day after Wylie and two other former insiders presented 50 pages of documents that they said proved Vote Leave violated election finance rules during the referendum campaign.

After Indian IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad's statement on March 21, in which he came down strongly on Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the recent notice to Cambridge Analytica recognized the role of social media and Zuckerberg's apology.

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The "data theft" controversy seems to be recoiling in the face of Rahul Gandhi. "The Congress and Rahul Gandhi must apologise to the nation", told reporters tonight.

Cambridge Analytica has said it did not use Facebook data in Trump's campaign, and that it had deleted all Facebook data it obtained from a third-party app in 2014 after learning the information did not adhere to data protection rules. Zuckerberg said this was a "breach of trust" and that Facebook is taking steps to make sure it doesn't happen again.

The ads said Facebook is limiting the data apps received when users sign in. She said she had spoken to Rahul Gandhi, and the Congress had never used the data analytics firm.

Adding another twist, Paul-Olivier Dehaye, an IT expert, told the committee that Wylie's predecessor at Cambridge Analytica, Dan Mursean, was working in India for Congress but had been paid by a billionaire to subvert the party's chances. The first involved the ease with which third parties are able to collect information about Facebook users without their knowledge or consent, as shown by Cambridge Analytica's use of data from 50 million Americans for political messaging. They say the data is used "to improve people's experience across Facebook" by helping to connect with others.

Reports said 18 enforcement officers entered the firm's premises and left several hours later, as a van thought to be holding gathered evidence drove away from the rear of the building.

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