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Cambridge Analytica files for bankruptcy in the USA after Facebook privacy row

18 May 2018

Cambridge Analytica had been under fire after allegations it misused the personal data of millions of people from Facebook and tried to use it to influence votes in the USA election.

In an interview with the CNN News, Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie has affirmed that the data mining firm was involved in undermining Black votes in the 2016 USA presidential campaign as part of efforts by the former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon.

In an interview with CNN after his testimony, Wylie said that Bannon, who held a position on the firm's board before joining the Trump campaign, directed the firm to research suppressing the vote among black Americans.

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The company had said earlier this month that they planned to shut down immediately and begin bankruptcy proceedings after a steep drop off in business.

That information is then used to "discourage or demobilize certain types of people from voting", he added, including African-Americans, which Wylie says were particular targets of the operations.

Sen. Christopher Coons (D-Del.) asked Wylie if Bannon's goal "was to suppress voting or discourage certain individuals in the USA from voting", to which Wylie responded, "That was my understanding, yes".

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Christopher Wylie, who leaked information on the British-based firm's hijacking of data on millions of Facebook users, told a Senate panel he believes Russian intelligence services had access to data harvested by the consultancy.

"One of the things that did provoke me to leave was the beginnings of discussions of voter disengagement, I have seen documents reference and I recall conversations that it was meant to focus on African-American voters", Wylie said.

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Cambridge Analytica files for bankruptcy in the USA after Facebook privacy row