The head of the British parliamentary committee investigating fake news stated that Facebook has deliberately misled Members of Parliament what went on during the Cambridge Analytica data hack.
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Cambridge Analytica, a company that offers ‘consulting services’ to ‘change audience behaviour’ so you can influence voters with targeted marketing material, stands at the centre of a data hack that targeted 50 million, mostly American, Facebook profiles.
It did so through an app that Facebook has since suspended. According to the social media network, there was never a data breach, but the British chair of the House of Commons culture, media and sport select committee, Mr Damian Collins, claims that is not entirely true: “We need to hear from people who can speak about Facebook from a position of authority that requires them to know the truth.”
“Someone has to take responsibility for this. It’s time for Mark Zuckerberg to stop hiding behind his Facebook page.”
Mr Collins furthermore stated that he would be asking the Cambridge Analytica CEO, Mr Alexander Nix, to join as well.
“Nix denied to the committee last month that his company had received any data from his firm GSR. We will be contacting Alexander Nix next week asking him to explain his comments.”
Just before the news of the data breach was made public, Facebook’s legal counsel contacted the UK press that it was making “false and defamatory” allegations. The company flatly denies the supposed harvesting of tens of millions of profiles by Cambridge Analytica and that there was a data breach at all.