Published: Tue, May 01, 2018
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Twitter Sold Data Access to Cambridge Analytica-Linked Researcher

Twitter Sold Data Access to Cambridge Analytica-Linked Researcher

A Cambridge Analytica spokesman has commented the revelation by claiming that the company had never received Twitter data from GSR, even though Dr Kogan recently testified before a committee of the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport that GSR was created in 2014 for the express goal of creating datasets for SCL.

On 5 April, Facebook said user data of more than 560,000 Indians may have been harvested by British researcher Cambridge Analytica, at the centre of a recent storm over data breaches and potential privacy violations on the social media network.

Twitter has confirmed this selling of public data to Bloomberg, stating that the firm has granted access to large-scale public data, covering months of posts, for one day in 2015. The academic said the information was used to create "brand reports" and "survey extender tools" and Twitter's policies were not violated. "Twitter has also made the policy decision to off-board advertising from all accounts owned and operated by Cambridge Analytica".

Nevertheless, Twitter also told us that it's stopping Cambridge Analytica from advertising on its platform; better safe than sorry, eh Twitter.

Although Twitter does not sell private direct messaging data, the company's "data licensing and other revenue" grew about 20% to $90 million in the first quarter.


What are your views on this extensive data collection by Cambridge Analytica?

Twitter does not require users to use their real name, and tweets don't contain location data by default.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently testified in front of Congress about the misuse of the platform's data.

Twitter sold your data (autostart video with sound) to Cambridge Analytic too? Cambridge Analytica worked on several high-profile political campaigns, including the presidential bids of Donald Trump and Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.). "Cambridge Analytica may remain an organic user on our platform, in accordance with the Twitter Rules." the spokesperson said.

At the moment, we don't know what was the exact usage of the data obtained from Twitter. It's open. We're giving away the groceries. He accused Cambridge Analytica's now-suspended CEO Alexander Nix of "total fabrication" when it came to denying the links between CA and GSR's data.

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