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Jennifer Cohn @jennycohn1
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It concerns me that the US State Dept under Trump/Bannon awarded a $500k contract to Cambridge Analytica’s parent company, SCL. And that Steve Bannon didn’t disclose his relationship to CA until after that contract was awarded. cc: @CREWcrew… 1/
2/ This article references the defense contract as well and explains the substantial overlap & fuzzy line between SCL and Cambridge Analytica.…
3/ In Feb. 2017, SCL had “just finalized” a $500k contract w/ the State Dept. & had “pitched officials in key national security agencies on how its technology could be used to deter terrorism & assess attitudes about IMMIGRANTS.” What the H?!…
4/ So has the White House been using Cambridge Analytica/SCL to spread its anti-immigrant messaging via taxpayer funded government contracts?!
5/ Here is Bannon’s White House disclosure filed in March 2017 (after he left the WH) disclosing his close ties to Cambridge Analytica.…
6/ “The SCL has come under fire for collecting the personal information of 50 million Facebook users and giving it to Cambridge Analytica, its spinoff branch.”…
7/ “The company harvested the data with the help of Cambridge professor Aleksandr Kogan and his company Global Science Research, which used a personality test app called thisisyourdigitallife to learn more about Facebook users.”
8/ “After receiving the data without permission, Cambridge Analytica created a powerful software that was designed to influence Facebook users’ votes.”
9/ “We exploited Facebook to harvest millions of people’s profiles. And built models to exploit what we knew about them & target their inner demons,” Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie told The Observer. “That was the basis that the entire company was built on.”
10/ “Wylie, who went public with the allegations last week, briefly addressed the contract in an interview with the Guardian.”
11/ “It’s insane,” he said. “The company has created psychological profiles of 230 million Americans. And now they want to work with the Pentagon? It’s like Nixon on steroids.”
12/ I would like to know if Trump’s White House awarded government contracts to SCL not to deter actual terrorism, but rather to fuel its anti-immigrant messaging and other propaganda. This is potentially a lot worse than standard “corruption.”
13/ “As Cambridge Analytica and SCL Elections shut down, SCL Group's defence work needs real scrutiny.” I couldn’t agree more.…
14/ And it will likely take subpoenas from the House or a lawsuit by a group line @CREWcrew to get this information.…
15/ “In explaining that the [NSA] had declined to for records about...SCL Group, Chapman wrote, ‘...due to changing security concerns, this is now our standard response to all requests where...records are being sought on a contract or contract-related activity.”
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