• Data leak shows ‘global manipulation is out of control’

    Date:6 January 2020 Author: Leila Stein Tags:,

    A new leak of documents from Cambridge Analytica exposes the inner workings of the company which has been linked to major political scandals including the Russian hacking of the US election and Brexit.

    Cambridge Analytica misappropriated Facebook data to target and manipulate voters for certain candidates during these pivotal elections.

    According to the Guardian, more than 100,000 documents were released on New Year’s Day on the Twitter account @HindsightFiles.

    The documents relate to work done by the defunct company in 68 countries, where voters were manipulated on “an industrial scale.”

    The data is meant to reveal how the Facebook data scandal was part of a much bigger operation where governments, intelligence agencies, companies and political campaigns used their data to influence and manipulate the public.

    The Twitter account’s bio states: “Democracies around the world are being auctioned to the highest bidder. We release the documents that explain how.”

    It explains that the documents are coming from Brittany Kaiser, who worked for Cambridge Analytica and became a whistleblower. Kaiser, who has already spoken out about the company’s dodgy work in the Netflix documentary The Great Hack, decided to go public after the last British general election.

    “It’s so abundantly clear our electoral systems are wide open to abuse,” she told The Guardian. “I’m very fearful about what is going to happen in the US election later this year, and I think one of the few ways of protecting ourselves is to get as much information out there as possible.”

    Files already released relate to elections in Brazil, Kenya, Malaysia and Iran.

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