Whistleblower Says Cambridge Analytica Worked With Congress; BJP Demands Apology From Rahul

Cambridge Analytica

Cambridge Analytica

"India is so big that one state can be as big as Britain", reports quoted Wylie as saying while responding to a question on Cambridge Analytica's work in India by British Labour Party politician Paul Farrelly.

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

According to Wiley, Cambridge Analytica also contracted its subsidiary company, AggregateIQ, to use the data obtained by Black Cube to spread anti-Muslim videos on Facebook in an effort to damage Buhari's presidential campaign.

The firm went on to deny it had any links to Cambridge Analytica or any of its subsidiaries, and has never worked in Nigeria.

Cambridge Analytica, the firm at the center of Facebook data breach scandal, has hit back at whistleblower Christopher Wylie who claimed that he "believed" that the Congress party was CA's client. He said the company undertook regional projects for the party in India.

Wylie deposed before the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (DCMS) amid an escalating row around alleged Facebook data breaches linked with the controversial UK-based company, which has also been linked with alleged attempts to influence elections in India.

It was then that he "came to appreciate that the projects I was working on may have had a much wider impact than I initially anticipated it would", Wylie said, adding, "Donald Trump makes it click in your head that this has a much wider impact". He further said that the company had offices and staff in the country.

Cambridge Analytica worked "extensively" in India, and operated a system of "modern day colonialism", globally undermining democratic processes across the world, a British parliamentary committee heard on Tuesday, as Christopher Wylie, the whistleblower who blew the lid on the firm's gathering of data from Facebook, gave evidence, which drew in issues relating to Brexit, the USA election campaign, and other elections across the world.

"When you look at the accumulation of evidence", he said, "I think it would be completely unreasonable to come to any other conclusion than this must be coordination, this must be a common objective plan".

On Sunday, Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg in ads in national newspapers in the USA and United Kingdom called the company's failure to protect user information " a breach of trust" and said it's "now taking steps to make sure this doesn't happen again".

He also told lawmakers that his predecessor at SCL, the parent company, died under mysterious circumstances in Kenya.

Reports also claim that Rahul Gandhi and a few other members of the Opposition met with Cambridge Analytica's former CEO Alexander Nix to discuss electoral strategy for UPA. "They are an example of what modern-day colonialism looks like".

Wylie told the UK Parliament that the Congress party was a client of the disgraced company.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, on Monday called for Zuckerberg to testify before Congress about Cambridge Analytica's alleged misuse of the Facebook data and the possibility that that data may not have been not destroyed in 2015, as the data firm certified to the social media company.

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