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Documents show Facebook's scramble to clean up the Cambridge Analytica data scandal



  Christopher Wylie
Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie

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Facebook's attempt to clean up the massive Cambridge Analytica data scandal has been exposed in a series of documents released by a committee of British legislators.

Facebook has sent the documents to the British Digital, Cultural, Media and Sports Committee as evidence of the Cambridge Analytica scandal investigation after CTO Mike Schroepfer's appearance before the British politicians last month.

The paperwork shows Facebook's efforts to ensure that Cambridge Analytica, Christopher Wylie and Aleksandr Kogan cleared out the data of 87 million users who were harvested by the latter through his "This Is Your Digital Life" quiz app.

The former CEO of Cambridge Analytica, Alexander Nix and Wylie, the man who whistled the entire data saga, both signed rather rudimentary documents confirming that they had deleted the data.

In both cases, the acknowledgment was referred to as "certification" and she had to indicate that the "Facebook user data and Facebook user data were taken into account and permanently deleted and deleted from both active and redundant data storage Under my direct or influential control stands. "

Here's Nix's certification:

The document is not dated, so it's not clear if it's signed before or after the reports in March this year was that the data from Cambridge Analytica still circulated. British Channel 4 News received the data cache from a Cambridge Analytica source, although the company protested that it was deleted.

This is the affirmation of whistleblower Wylie:

Aleksandr Kogan agrees with Facebook

The version of Kogan's data deletion confirmation published by British lawmakers is a bit more complicated. It ends with the same certification signing signed by Nix and Wylie, but it also contained 15 more pages of information about the agreement between Kogan and Facebook in November 2016.

This includes a secrecy agreement or strangulation that prevented Kogan from to discuss his agreement with Facebook when he appeared before the Committee for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports last month. Facebook told the committee that no money had exchanged hands as part of the settlement, but it made it clear that the company could reclaim $ 25,000 (£ 18,500) in damages if Kogan broke the terms of the agreement.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

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As part of the evidence released to British politicians, Facebook once again said that CEO Mark Zuckerberg has "no plans" to travel to Britain and appear before the committee. This despite the repeated request to testify and give a formal summons, which is highly unusual for a parliamentary committee.

Damian Collins, chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sports Committee, said Tuesday that video link proofs would be sufficient. "If Mark Zuckerberg really recognizes the" seriousness "of these issues, as they claim, we would expect him to appear before the committee to answer questions that affect not only Parliament but also the millions of Facebook users in that one Country, "he said.


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