Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower Appears on Today: ‘Took Fake News to the Next Level’
Christopher Wiley, the former Cambridge Analytica employee who revealed the Trump campaign-linked data firm illicitly gathered data on millions of Facebook users during the 2016 election, appeared on the Today show on Monday.
Wiley noted that while he left CA before it began working for President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, he knew of talks the company had with the campaign — and declared that the company “was founded on misappropriated data of at least 50 million Facebook users.”
Facebook suspended CA from its platform after claiming it learned from a New York Times report that the company had never deleted the data is gathered from users.
“I think it’s important for Americans to know what this company has been doing with their data,” Wiley said, after explaining the firm’s ties to Russia. “It’s really important to find out, was this data used to help elect Donald Trump?”
“Cambridge Analytica was meeting with Corey Lewandowski in 2015 before Trump had even announced and offering the services that I’m talking about right now,” he added, referring to Trump’s first campaign manager.
Wiley went on to explain how CA used an idea called “informational dominance” to bombard users with a “web of disinformation.”
“This is a company that really took fake news to the next level by pairing it algorithms.”
The whistleblower also batted away allegations from CA that he has a vendetta against the firm and that they have a restraining order against him.
“We need to step back for a second and depoliticize this. This is about the safety of Americans and the integrity of the American democratic process.”
Watch above, via NBC.
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