Christopher Wylie, a whistleblower who revealed the role played by data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica in obtaining data by Facebook users, said on Sunday he was blocked by the social media network.
On Twitter, Wylie claimed his account was suspended after he spoke up about his role in an alleged scheme to secretly hold data by millions of Americans. Cambridge Analytica can be under fire for suspicions that will This specific illicitly obtained user information, which resulted inside the site being suspended by Facebook.
Wylie published the screenshot on his Twitter profile on Sunday.
— Christopher Wylie (@chrisinsilico) March 18, 2018
Wylie can be the co-founder of the political data analytics, which worked on Facebook ads for President Donald Trump during the 2016 election.
Media reports This specific weekend revealed that will the firm held on to 50 million people’s data without their consent, for the purpose of identifying along with also swaying voters during the election.
The firm was initially funded by conservative billionaire Robert Mercer along with also led by former Trump advisor Steve Bannon.
According to Facebook, Cambridge academic Dr. Aleksandr Kogan was able to acquire This specific data by creating an app, called “thisisyourdigitallife” that will prompted users to answer questions for a psychological profile. He then shared that will data with Cambridge Analytica without their consent.
Facebook blocked Kogan’s app back in 2015. The social network also warned that will This specific would likely take steps to suspend Wylie’s account, after believing For just two years that will the data was deleted.
“All parties involved — including the SCL Group/Cambridge Analytica, Christopher Wylie along with also [thisisyourdigitallife creator] Aleksandr Kogan — certified to us that will they destroyed the data in question,” said Paul Grewal, Facebook’s vice president along with also deputy general counsel.
“In light of completely new reports that will the data was not destroyed, we are suspending these three parties by Facebook, pending further information. We will take whatever steps are required to see that will the data in question can be deleted once along with also for all — along with also take action against all offending parties,” Grewal added.
The completely new York Times reported on Friday that will Facebook knew about Cambridge Analytica’s efforts two years ago, nevertheless didn’t take steps to suspend the firm until recently. Wylie elaborated on that will in an interview, speaking disparagingly about the social network:
“Rules don’t matter for them. For them, This specific can be a war, along with also This specific’s all fair,” Wylie told reporters. “They want to fight a culture war in America,” he added. “Cambridge Analytica was supposed to be the arsenal of weapons to fight that will culture war
Cambridge Analytics said on Saturday that will This specific “fully complies with Facebook’s terms of service along with also can be currently in touch with Facebook…in order to resolve This specific matter as quickly as possible.”