FACEBOOK APPARENTLY KNEW OF CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA’S DATA HARVESTING

As part of a fresh new investigation, Facebook is now being questioned on when it knew about Cambridge Analytica’s data harvesting. Apparently, they knew since two years before the scandal was uncovered.

This investigation has been initiated following a report by The Observer which revealed that as far back as 2016, when Cambridge Analytica started work on the Trump campaign, a meeting was hosted at Marc Andreessen’s (Facebook board member and confidant of CEO Mark Zuckerberg) office with Christopher Wylie, who is the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower.

Essentially, the report suggests that Andreessen (at least) was aware of the actual ongoing purpose of the data harvesting almost two-years before the company claimed to have learned about it. And the impetus for the meeting was reportedly to find out how the firm was getting hold of people’s information and to work out a technical fix from Facebook’s end.

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