The Congress-Cambridge Analytica saga has been a long one. Today a new development in the matter emerged supporting the claims of BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad regarding Congress – Cambridge Analytica link. Before Chris Wylie spilt the beans on the matter, some theories on a BJP link with the firm had been floating in media.
NDTV journalist Sreenivasan Jain’s had shared some screenshots on a possible link to the BJP.
Reports had suggested that both BJP and Congress had used the services of the firm that is now accused of stealing Facebook data. The data had been used by the firm to manipulate voter behaviour through many devious methods which included targeted ads and fake news.
Chris Wylie, former director of research at Cambridge Analytica and whistleblower who exposed the Facebook scam of Cambridge Analytica has named the Congress party in a deposition before British MPs
In a disposition to UK House of Commons, Christopher Wylie, the whistleblower in Cambridge Analytica case, names Rahul Gandhi’s Congress as one of Analytica’s clients in India. Will Rahul answer what was discussed with Alexander Nix and how much data of Indians has been stolen? pic.twitter.com/s3V81GO5zd
— Amit Malviya (@malviyamit) March 27, 2018
MP’s question : [If you] focus on the world’s biggest democracy with lots and lots of elections over time, India was being a prime source of business wasn’t? You mentioned they [Cambridge Analytica] have done quite a bit of work in India. Could you just describe what you are aware of?
Chris Wylie: I believe their [Cambridge Analytica’s] client was Congress. I know that they have done all kinds of projects both regional… I don’t remember a national project, but regional… I mean India is big. One state can be as big as Britain. But they do have offices there and they do have staff there. I believe I have some documentation in India which I can also provide.
BJP leader and union minister Ravishankar Prasad have demanded an apology from the Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
Today the whistleblower #ChristopherWylie has confirmed that #CambridgeAnalytics worked with Congress. This has exposed Rahul Gandhi who was denying all along. Congress and Rahul Gandhi must now apologize: Ravi Shankar Prasad,Union Minister pic.twitter.com/ekHnUpcFVB
— ANI (@ANI) March 27, 2018
The Congress spokesperson has denied any connection with Cambridge Analytica in a press conference. He asked as to why an FIR has not been registered in the matter.
It is all false. why is India’s perpetually lying Law Minister throwing allegations in the media, he is in power why doesn’t he show all proof and then register an FIR. We challenge you. They fear they will be exposed if they probe: RS Surjewala,Congress #CambridgeAnalytics pic.twitter.com/gprvW4EOk7
— ANI (@ANI) March 27, 2018
It remains to be seen as to how this controversy will develop over the days.