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Joseph Chancellor, founding co-director (with Aleksandr Kogan) of GSR, the company which harvested information from 50 million Facebook users and sold it to Cambridge Analytica, was hired as in-house psychologist by Facebook 2 months after leaving GSR theguardian.com/news/2018/mar/…
Facebook investigating links between employee Joseph Chancellor, former co-director of Aleksandr Kogan's GSR, and #CambridgeAnalytica
(h/t @RVAwonk via @AdamParkhomenko) cnnmon.ie/2HIFWMW
In a case that could shed light on how millions of American voters were targeted online in the run-up to the 2016 election, NY professor @profcarroll sues #CambridgeAnalytica in a British court
#CambridgeAnalytica is trying to stop the broadcast of an Channel 4 undercover exposé in which reporters posed as prospective clients and had a series of meetings that they secretly filmed, including at least one with CEO Alexander Nix ft.com/content/7ed157…
The @Channel4News undercover exposé that #CambridgeAnalytica doesn't want you to see will be broadcast tomorrow at 7pm GMT (3pm EST) and will be online at
Whistleblower Christopher Wylie:

#CambridgeAnalytica was meeting with Corey Lewandowski in 2015 before Trump had even announced and offering the services that I’m talking about right now"
.@EP_President Antonio Tajani: "Allegations of misuse of #Facebook user data is an unacceptable violation of our citizens’ privacy rights. The European Parliament will investigate fully, calling digital platforms to account" #CambridgeAnalytica
p.dw.com/p/2uYv8?tw @dwnews
.@Channel4News exposé: #CambridgeAnalytica CEO Alexander Nix caught on camera bragging about how the company could blackmail political candidates with prostitutes (with full video)
#kompromat (h/t @peterjukes)
“We’ll offer a large amount of money to the candidate, to finance his campaign in exchange for land for instance, we’ll have the whole thing recorded, we’ll blank out the face of our guy and we post it on the Internet” #CambridgeAnalytica
.@Channel4News reveals how Trump's election consultants #CambridgeAnalytica secretly campaigns in elections across the world: bosses filmed talking about using bribes, ex-spies, fake IDs and sex workers to entrap politicians in compromising situations
Dec 2017:

"Trump's campaign hired #CambridgeAnalytica in June 2016 and paid it over $6.2 million through December 2016, according to Federal Election Commission records"

Data firm Cambridge Analytica questioned over involvement in Trump election campaign cnb.cx/2CxRCAn
"It's no good fighting an election campaign on the facts"

"It has to happen without anyone thinking, "That's propaganda"

"Send some girls around to the candidate's house"

Full #CambridgeAnalyticaUncovered documentary
Holy sh*t.
#CambridgeAnalyticaUncovered #CambridgeAnalytica
Girls from Belarus would likely suffice as well.

Girls from Belarus would likely suffice as well.

Great catch, btw. Cambridge Analytica's legal troubles just went global.

“We'll offer a large amount of money to the candidate to finance his campaign in exchange for land & have the whole thing recorded on cameras.

Or we could send some Ukrainians to the candidate’s house. They are very beautiful. I find that works very well”
"The @Channel4News #CambridgeAnalyticaUncovered broadcast is likely to cast an even harsher spotlight on the company, which was founded by Stephen Bannon and Robert Mercer, a wealthy GOP donor who put has put at least $15 million into #CambridgeAnalytica"
"#Facebook’s chief information security officer, Alex Stamos, to leave the company.

He had been a strong advocate for investigating and disclosing Russian disinformation on Facebook, to the consternation of other top executives, including Sheryl Sandberg"
Wylie says #CambridgeAnalytica had tested Trump campaign slogans since 2014: "I was surprised when I saw the Trump campaign started talking about building walls or the deep state or draining the swamp. And I’m remembering in my head, wait, we tested this."
This is the #CambridgeAnalytica iceberg.

2015 Kogan/Spectre study at Cambridge University: "A new study *conducted in collaboration with Facebook*, using Facebook network data, including a dataset of over 57 BILLION friendships" (h/t @d1gi v @peterjukes) cam.ac.uk/research/news/…
This is #Facebook's iceberg, too, willfully enabling the theft of private information, yet the company's reaction has been to vilify the whistleblower @chrisinsilico, first banning him from Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, and now seeking to frame him.
Proper attribution to @SmithSuelsmith for revealing the Kogan/Spectre-Facebook study, and an important clarification.
FTC opens investigation into whether #Facebook violated a 2011 consent decree requiring FB to notify users and obtain permission before their data is shared beyond the privacy settings they have established, & subjecting FB to 20 years of compliance checks
“The lack of oversight on how data is stored & how political advertisements are sold raises concerns about the integrity of American elections as well as privacy rights"

US & EU officials call for aggressive investigation into #Facebook, other tech giants wsj.com/articles/faceb…
#Facebook whistleblower: hundreds of millions of Facebook users likely had their private information harvested by companies that exploited the same terms as GSR, the firm that collected data and passed it on to #CambridgeAnalytica theguardian.com/news/2018/mar/…
"Once the data left #Facebook servers there was not any control, and there was no insight into what was going on ... Facebook was in a stronger legal position if it didn’t know about the abuse that was happening”
#CambridgeAnalytica suspends CEO Alexander Nix, launches independent investigation amid #Facebook data and #CambridgeAnalyticaUncovered uproar wsj.com/articles/cambr…
Nix: "[I have met Trump] many times .. We did all the research, all the data, all the analytics, all the targeting, we ran all the digital campaign, the television campaign and our data informed all the strategy” @Channel4News #CambridgeAnalyticaUncovered
Nix: "No one knows we have it. We set our emails with a self-destruct timer. So you send them and after they’ve been read, 2 hours later, they disappear. There’s no evidence, there’s no paper trail, there’s nothing" #CambridgeAnalytica
No puppet.

Nix: "The candidate is never involved. He’s told what to do by the campaign team.”

“So the candidate is the puppet?"

Nix: “Always” #CambridgeAnalytica
July 2017:
"#CambridgeAnalytica owner and Trump donor Robert Mercer is a close associate of Rupert Murdoch, and Cambridge Analytica’s US office was previously located in Murdoch’s News Corp building"
(h/t @Fifthcolumnblue via @peterjukes) theguardian.com/business/2017/…
Senior #CambridgeAnalytica executives boasted of playing a key role in bringing Trump to power, saying they met him "many times" and used “unattributable and untrackable” advertising to support their clients in elections #CambridgeAnalyticaFiles
#CambridgeAnalytica employed non-American citizens to work on US election campaigns in violation of federal law, despite a July 2014 memo from a lawyer at the firm founded by Rudy Giuliani to VP Bannon, CEO Nix and Rebekah Mercer warning of the legal risks
"In a July 2014 memo, a US election lawyer advising the company, Laurence Levy (then at Bracewell & Giuliani), warned the arrangement could violate laws limiting involvement of foreign nationals in US elections" (h/t @goodlittletiger)
Whistleblower Chris Wylie @chrisinsilico: Steve Bannon oversaw #CambridgeAnalytica’s 2014 efforts to collect troves of #Facebook data as part of a program to build detailed profiles of millions of American voters washingtonpost.com/politics/banno…
Bannon was deeply involved in Cambridge Analytica's strategy and approved spending $1 million to acquire data in 2014.

“We had to get Bannon to approve everything. He was Nix’s boss. Nix didn’t have the authority to spend that much money without approval”
Senior officials of #CambridgeAnalytica reveal in @Channel4News undercover video that the company played a critical role in Kenya's election, too

The result was nullified by the country's Supreme Court.
Sept 2016:

"This year #CambridgeAnalytica, a voter data firm in which major Trump donor and lifetime #NRA member Mercer is a key investor, has worked with the Herald Group to implement the @NRA’s “Trigger the Vote” drive" (h/t @LincolnsBible)
#CambridgeAnalytica was offered material from Israeli hackers who had accessed the private emails of 2 politicians who are now heads of state (Nigerian President; St. Kitts and Nevis PM), & Alexander Nix and other senior directors enthusiastically accepted
1/ Oct 2017:
When it was revealed that White House staffers, including Jared Kushner, use encrypted apps to automatically delete messages, the Trump regime refused to comply with congressional requests for information
2/ March 17, 2018:
White House staffer Ryan McAvoy left the passwords and address to his encrypted ProtonMail account on a piece of White House stationery at a bus stop near the White House theintercept.com/2018/03/17/tru…
3/ March 20, 2018:
#CambridgeAnalytica CEO Alexander Nix: "We set our ProtonMail emails with a self-destruct timer. You send them and after they’ve been read, two hours later, they disappear."
Mueller studying relationship between Trump campaign, @RNC and #CambridgeAnalytica.

Several digital experts who worked in support of Trump's campaign (most of them employed by RNC) & worked closely with CA have met with Mueller for closed-door interviews abcnews.go.com/Politics/speci…
Company filings show that Trump-affiliated data-mining firm #CambridgeAnalytica has a link to a Chinese security and logistics company run by Erik Prince
(h/t @jawja100 via @randyprine) washingtonpost.com/world/europe/t…
John Bolton spoke at a 2013 round-table for a Russian gun-rights group headed by Maria Butina and Alexander Torshin (who met Donald Jr at May 2016 #NRA convention), recording a propaganda video to lobby Russian MPs
"Bannon knew."

#CambridgeAnalytica whistleblower Chris Wylie @chrisinsilico posts the legal memo from Laurence Levy of Bracewell & Giuliani regarding the prohibition against "participation by foreign nationals in decisions involving US election-related activities"
#CambridgeAnalytica assigned dozens of non-US citizens to provide campaign strategy and messaging advice to GOP candidates in 2014, even as an attorney warned executives to abide by US laws limiting foreign involvement in elections
“Project Ripon's dirty little secret was that there was no 1 American involved in it, that [#CambridgeAnalytica] was a de facto foreign agent, working on an American election"

No wonder why Republicans are so eager to shut down #TrumpRussia investigation
At least 1 employee at Peter Thiel's Palantir, a top Silicon Valley contractor to American spy agencies and the Pentagon, helped #CambridgeAnalytica's data scientists harvest the #Facebook data of 50 million Americans in summer 2014
Chris Wylie @chrisinsilico: “There were senior Palantir employees that were also working on the Facebook data."

Peter Thiel was an initial investor in Facebook & sits on its board.

He was also an early Trump backer and a member of Trump's transition team
I wonder if Peter Thiel's name appears in an incriminating context in the Trump transition emails that Mueller now possesses.
Peter Thiel: "I no longer believe that freedom and democracy are compatible"

Thiel's #Palantir has been working with local police and ICE, giving law enforcement information to "identify and deter people likely to commit crimes" and preemptively stop them bloomberg.com/features/2018-…
"An intelligence platform designed for the global War on Terror was weaponized against ordinary Americans at home." #Palantir
.@mikememoli: "Chris Wylie @chrisinsilico said it was unusual because it was the only foreign leader they tested. "I can't explain why it was that they picked Vladimir Putin." #CambridgeAnalytica #TrumpRussia
Chris Wylie @chrisinsilico to congressional investigators: Trump campaign strategist Steve Bannon asked #CambridgeAnalytica to study voter suppression strategies and to test messaging on Putin and Russian expansion in Eastern Europe nbcnews.com/politics/donal…

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