Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower Tells UK Lawmakers, Trump's Election Made Him Speak Out

According to Christopher Wylie, the whistleblower behind the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal, we have President Trump to thank for the exposure of Facebook as a data-hording, privacy-busting super-surveillance 'state'.

Wylie, appearing in front of U.K. lawmakers in London this morning, said that the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president in 2016 made him speak out about the practices being employed by the political data firm.

"I wouldn't say it was just because of Donald Trump, but Donald Trump makes it click in your head that this actually has a much wider impact. I don't think that military-style information operations is conducive for any democratic process," he told the committee of lawmakers.

As CNBC notes, Wylie was the man who revealed to the New York Times and the U.K.'s Observer newspaper the practices of Cambridge Analytica and the data harvesting that took place. He is speaking to members of parliament on the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee, chaired by lawmaker Damian Collins.

Lawmakers questioned Wylie on the links between Cambridge Analytica, its parent company SCL, and work on various political campaigns including Brexit.

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In other words, if Hillary had won, the general public would remain oblivious to Facebook's (and other social media giants) massive data-gathering efforts.. and Mark Zuckerberg would still be the 4th richest person in the world (instead of 8th!).

Comments

Bryan Tue, 03/27/2018 - 08:42 Permalink

Twit with red hair.  Look normal and then we might take you seriously, otherwise you're just another Stormy Daniels to be ignored.

Virtue signaling seems to be a national pastime in the UK.

Dark star BennyBoy Tue, 03/27/2018 - 09:59 Permalink

The logical conclusion is that there were so many concerted election rigging mechanisms in play that the Deep State believed beyond all possible doubt, that EVEN the Clinton hag would walk it.

Think about that.

The ray of sunshine is that the "common man" is not nearly as stupid as the geeks and political thugs would like to think. The alternative media is waterproofing our brains and preventing them from being washed by digital propaganda. Digital advertising is a waste of money; disbelief is now the first response.

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Buckaroo Banzai Dark star Tue, 03/27/2018 - 11:13 Permalink

So, let's get this straight. The Obama campaign aggressively strip-mines Facebook data in 2008 and 2012 to such an extent that they consistently set off internal alarms at Facebook. But, since Facebook COO (((Sheryl Sandberg))) has openly admitted that Facebook was 100% pro-Obama, they basically did nothing.

Then, in 2016, the Trump campaign actually has the nerve to use some Facebook data to help get their man elected, and now, this is an international scandal?

The balls on these fucking Jew cunts.

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glenlloyd Dark star Tue, 03/27/2018 - 11:24 Permalink

The big thing people seem to be ignoring is that FB gave all the same shit to Obama and it was all good, but when a potentially conservative firm figures out how to use that data then it's a problem?

Does anyone else not see the hypocrisy in that?

So little red hair twit was all like happy and good with giving it to Barry O but for Trump it's a big bad scary deal?

From what I understand CA got to the data just like anyone else who was paying FB for the use...

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Librarian BennyBoy Tue, 03/27/2018 - 10:16 Permalink

Yeah, that's it.  Everybody outside of cities of 1 million or less was so utterly controlled by Cambridge Analytica that most of the spoiled American election ballots were in fact for Boris Johnson.

Curse you Tim Berners-Lee for not anticipating the need for sarcasm HTML tags!

In fact, I'd offer (on someone else's dime) to address the British parliament to tell them this.  Actually, my real purpose would be to strategically drop at least a half-dozen times, the American slang "you guys's" just to watch the delicate Brits fall into apoplectic fits like the Knights Who Said "Ni"!

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Librarian HopefulCynical Thu, 03/29/2018 - 15:42 Permalink

That used to be true until we traded them Rich Hall for John Oliver.

Since then the Brits have developed aural immunity against it.

Back in my expat days in the FSU I recall a flamboyant American manager working at one of the ubiquitous transplanted restaurant/bar chains that were being opened in the early 90s.  I had no problems with him ever.  But, if anyone ever pissed him off with bad expat behavior, his punishments were legendary, swift and surgical.  "Here's you guys'es drink menu.  I'm really sorry dudes.  But Stepan has to take your table to the kitchen for a few minutes to scrape off boogers and gum from the underside.  We usually do this when we're not open but we just had an incident before you got here."

There was another story I heard involving an American who was burning 200 ruble notes in the ashtray.  Let's just say that he got "burned" by the manager.  The expat community wasn't so big back then and there weren't that many places to go out to visit.  

Fun times.

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j0nx BennyBoy Tue, 03/27/2018 - 10:34 Permalink

Actually no, she got 3 million more votes than him which is terrifying that that many people would vote for a dangerous female sociopath like her. That tells me that the Dems outnumber conservatives by about 5% in the genpop. That is all they need easily to dominate all future elections if they can get their people out in protest and vote which they are easily doing in spades right now. The way the RINOs and Trump keep baring their oiled asses to the Dems in all the latest fiascos is not helping the GOP to get out their base to protest and vote either. It’s almost as if they want to lose the mid terms (they do). 

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MoralsAreEssential j0nx Tue, 03/27/2018 - 11:04 Permalink

No she didn't.  William Binney and Robert Steele mined unprocessed data from NSA for pedos and other criminals.  NSA had Trump winning way over 70% (it may have been 76%, but I am not sure of that exact number, I can't remember so I'll just say 70%+).  Even before this data, more MSM found 11 counties in CA had more votes than voters.

I'll just take this opportunity to POINT OUT the CANCER inherent in Californika to the entire USA.  Either shut it off or it will and is metatasizing.  All you Californians who have "such great lives" are also responsible for the Shit Hole you live in.  Do something about it.

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Trogdor MoralsAreEssential Tue, 03/27/2018 - 12:45 Permalink

That's why the whole (((Jill Stein))) bitchfest died so quickly:  When they went back and audited the votes, they kept finding rampant Dem voter fraud,  It was this rampant, systemic fraud that made the Communists so SURE that the Hildabeast would walk right in.  I bet if they'd done a full audit across the nation - culling out the illegals, multiple voters, dead people, etc - Trump's vote totals would be a massive landslide ... which is what gives me a glimmer of hope.

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Harry Lightning BennyBoy Tue, 03/27/2018 - 11:03 Permalink

I agree, this is just another instance of the democrats trying to find reasons for losing the sure thing, reasons other than they ran a very flawed candidate who told half the country they were deplorable. You don't do well in business by telling your customers they are deplorable, and you don't do well in politics buy telling that to voters. 

The really interesting dynamic here is that liberals like this homosexual with the nose ring and red hair (oooh, look at me, look at me !!!) who worked for Cambridge or Facebook are tearing their insides out realizing that their work may have had a part in electing Trump. In an election as close as this one was, even a small influence from big data firms made a consequential difference to the outcome, and so every liberal-minded programmer or data specialist at either of those two firms is very very upset that their work inadvertently helped elect their political arch enemy. Its such a great drama to watch, and its the reason why this clown is saying that big data should not have a place in elections. Where was he and jokers like him when obama's campaign did the same thing in 2012 as Trump did in 2016 ? Like everything else with these illogical imbeciles, the rules only are workable when they work in their favor.

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