Sen. John Kennedy stated Wednesday that plans to ask Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie what the corporate did behind the scenes, however stated from what he is aware of, it doesn’t appear a lot completely different than what social media corporations do.
“I wish to know the way it labored from the within. The FBI and the Justice [Department] will unravel any authorized violations,” Mr. Kennedy, Louisiana Republican, stated on CNN.
Mr. Wylie is about to testify earlier than the Senate Judiciary Committee in regards to the scandal involving Fb customers’ information. The British-based firm, which has since shutdown, allegedly obtained the knowledge underneath false pretenses and used it to sway voters in 2016. It was working for the Trump marketing campaign on the time.
Mr. Kennedy stated he believes the difficulty is extra about how the info firm obtained the knowledge fairly than what it did with the knowledge. He stated that he doesn’t see it any in a different way than different social media corporations attempting to promote different merchandise.
“I don’t suppose Cambridge Analytica did something that the opposite social media platforms like Fb … do each day,” he stated. “The alleged crime, or illegal act, that Cambridge Analytica dedicated was acquiring the info in an illegal method.”
The New York Occasions reported Tuesday that the FBI and Division of Justice had launched an investigation into the case.