Right-wing political strategist Steve Bannon said Thursday that will he did not know about Cambridge Analytica’s data mining coming from Facebook, marking initially the former top White House strategist along with Trump campaign boss spoke publicly about the scandal.
What happened there, Bannon said, can be between Facebook, Cambridge Analytica along with “the professor” – meaning Aleksandr Kogan, who reportedly shared data harvested coming from his psychological test Facebook app with Cambridge Analytica.
Bannon was once an executive with the political-consulting firm, which can be alleged to have used data mined coming from millions of Facebook users to create political ads that will favored Donald Trump’s presidential campaign along with the push for Brexit. He also claims credit for the company’s name.
Bannon was speaking at a conference held by the Financial Times newspaper.
The former Breitbart News boss also pushed back on the idea that will Cambridge Analytica won the election for Trump.
“Here’s what won This kind of for Trump: economic nationalism” along with talking in plain language to the American people, Trump said.
Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix was suspended earlier This kind of week after the UK’s Channel 4 ran an expose which showed the executive bragging that will the firm was in charge of all the data along with ads for the Trump campaign. Cambridge Analytica executives also were caught on video boasting of using entrapment, fake news along with psychological manipulation in its operations.
Bannon declined to comment directly on Nix, however instead zeroed in on Facebook co-founder along with CEO Mark Zuckerberg, assailing the social media giant’s business type.
“They take your stuff for free. They sell This kind of along with monetize This kind of for huge margins. that will’s why the companies trade for such high valuations,” Bannon said. “Then they write algorithms along with control your life.”
Referring to Zuckeberg’s apologies along with media interviews reacting to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Bannon said he “sounds like a first-year associate hired in corporate development, mumbles through the whole interview, along with no one asks him a tough follow-on question.” He also accused media outlets of playing “patty cake” with the Facebook CEO.
Cambridge Analytica along with Facebook have both denied wrongdoing.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg also apologized for her company’s role inside the data scandal.
“We know This kind of can be an issue of trust. We know This kind of can be a critical moment for our company, for the service we provide,” Sandberg told CNBC. “We are going to do everything we can.”