Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

'We did receive Facebook data,' confesses Ex-Cambridge Analytica chief

'We did receive Facebook data,' confesses Ex-Cambridge Analytica chief

The committee is investigating fake news, and focusing on the role of Cambridge Analytica and Facebook in the 2016 Brexit vote as well as the Trump election.

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".

Earlier this week, Facebook admitted that it shared user data with Chinese technology company Huawei, along with three other China-based smartphone makers Lenovo, OPPO and TCL.

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

This is the third letter which the government has send to Facebook since the controversy over the data breach by British firm Cambridge Analytica came to light.

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.

Nix apologized for his comments in the film, saying he had been foolish and had made exaggerated claims in order to attract what he thought was a potential client.

"Obviously all of these were recorded and they were condensed to maybe six or seven minutes of footage and even those minutes of footage were heavily edited to portray the worst possible picture of the company and myself and my colleagues". "The Government of India is deeply concerned about reports of such lapses / violations".

"Facebook's integrations with Huawei, Lenovo, OPPO and TCL were controlled from the get-go - and we approved the Facebook experiences these companies built", Varela said in a statement.

Christopher Wylie, the whistleblower who exposed the relations between Cambridge Analytica and the data firms was, he warned, spreading a damaging and misleading conspiracy theory.

"What Mr Nix actually said to our reporter, and which was broadcast by Channel 4 News and watched by over 3m people, was that his caveat: "they're just examples of what can be done", was followed by "and what has been done".

Asked about a Guardian report that a Cambridge Analytica employee visited Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy in 2017, he said he had been unaware of the meeting.

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