“Scapegoat” researcher hits back on Facebook data fiasco

Mar 21, 2018, 7:10 AM EDT
Facebook says Cambridge University researcher, Aleksandr Kogan, violated its policies.
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Cambridge University researcher Aleksandr Kogan, who developed an app that mined data on 50 million Facebook users, has accused the social networking site and the political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica, which hired him, for using him as “scapegoat.”

London-based Cambridge Analytica is accused of improperly accessing this user data to tilt the U.S. presidential election 2016 in favor of its client, then Republican candidate Donald Trump, notes the BBC.

Facebook accused Kogan of flouting the site’s policies by transferring the data to Cambridge Analytica while the academic said the firm assured him that whatever they were doing was perfectly normal and legal, reports The Guardian.

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