The man who helped gather Facebook users’ information for Cambridge Analytica claims that he didn’t think it’d be used to target voters. Data scientist Aleksandr Kogan, who also goes by the surname of Spectre, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday that he was “heavily siloed” from knowing about the UK data firm’s clients and funders, who are linked to the 2016 Trump election campaign.
“I found out about Donald Trump just like everybody else, through the news,” Kogan told the program. A key person in Facebook’s rapidly unfurling controversy, Kogan created an personality quiz app called “thisisyourdigitallife” that harvested the data of unsuspecting Facebook users. Cambridge Analytica were able to use the profile information of 50 million users, as prior to 2015, third-party apps on Facebook also had access to data from a user’s friend list.
Author: Johnny Lieu