Christopher Wylie: Bannon wanted "weapons to fight a culture war" at Cambridge Analytica

Christopher Wylie: Bannon wanted "weapons to fight a culture war" at Cambridge Analytica

Christopher Wylie, the whistleblower from Cambridge Analytica who provided multiple reports about how the London-based data firm misused Facebook data during the 2016 election, is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday as part of Congressional lawmakers probe into data privacy and security.

Wylie so far during the hearing has provided new details into the firm's practices, including discussions of voter suppression, targeting African American voters and testing of slogans in 2014 that would be later used throughout the Trump campaign in 2016.

The whistleblower told lawmakers that former vice president of Cambridge Analytica, Trump ally Steve Bannon, "saw cultural warfare as the means to create enduring change in American politics."

"The company learned that were segments of the population that responded to messages like 'drain the swamp' or images of walls or indeed paranoia about the deep state that weren't necessarily reflected in mainstream polling or mainstream political discourse that Steve Bannon was interested in to help build his movement," Wylie told lawmakers.

In March, Wylie's reports showed that Facebook's mishandling of user data enabled Cambridge Analytica to gain information on as many as 87 million people, allowing the firm, once used by the Trump campaign, to create targeted political advertising.

The revelations have since forced the social media titan and other tech companies to reevaluate how they manage user data.

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Publish date : 2018-05-16 16:37:00
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