Daily News Roundup – March 20, 2018

How Facebook Partner Analytica Used Sex Workers for Bribery

Cambridge Analytica, the British data company that oversaw and credits itself with the win of the Trump presidential campaign on the popular platform Facebook has gotten under fire for yet another scandal.

Investigators first claimed that the company used 50million user profiles illegally to target them with Trump related ads and then sold the data to a third party, strictly against Facebook rules.

Senior executives were now secretly filmed saying how they can set up politicians with bribery situations and sex workers to get them to either comply with Analytica’s demands or to set them up with a scandal which they then slowly distribute on social media.

Alexander Nix, CEO of Cambridge Analytica, has now been caught on tape saying “… we just put information into the bloodstream of the internet, and then, and then watch it grow, give it a little push every now and again… like a remote control. It has to happen without anyone thinking, ‘that’s propaganda’, because the moment you think ‘that’s propaganda’, the next question is, ‘who’s put that out?’.”

They are stating how they obtain hurtful material against an opponent and then distribute it through social media by impersonating different people.

Mr. Nix also said: “…Many of our clients don’t want to be seen to be working with a foreign company… so often we set up, if we are working then we can set up fake IDs and websites, we can be students doing research projects attached to a university, we can be tourists, there’s so many options we can look at. I have lots of experience in this.”

Offering bribes to politicians and government officials is a crime in the US and UK and for now the company is denying any involvement even though evidence suggest otherwise.