I am a huge fan of @FT's journalism. I subscribe to the @FT & support its journalism. And I think it really needs to examine its coverage of Cambridge Analytica & its own involvement with the firm, @khalafroula.
Last week, a journalist who had not covered the story previously wrote a blogpost below. It failed to note even basic background context of @iconews's inquiry & set off cascade of other stories that claimed @observeruk's investigation had been 'debunked'
A follow-up piece was littered with inaccuracies. The allegations are falsely represented. Even the account of how the inquiry began is factually incorrect.

In fairness: this is a difficult, complex story that has unfolded over years.

.@observerUK addressed some of this in an @observeruk editorial & put latest ICO's statement in context of its previous reports & those of DCMS, Canadian Privacy commissioner & the FTC in the States.

But on Friday, @FT came back into the frame..

Brittany Kaiser *finally* published some internal Cambridge Analytica docs including this. 'We've done good work for the Financial Times,' it notes. And goes on to boast of its pyschographic work for Trump - long long denied, including by Nix to parliament & congress
The work for @FT is 'publicly known', the Cambridge Analytica employee says. This is true. We've known about it since @gilliantett wrote a fascinating early article on the company & - as is good journalistic practice - included this detail in her piece
A couple of months later, I wrote to Gillian & she put me in touch with @FT's commercial team. They told me it was 'market research'. I pointed out that Cambridge Analytica wasn't a market research company so could they tell me more...
I never found out what Cambridge Analytica did with @FT data. If one of their journalists read through this latest document dump, they will see the firm wrote retention of its clients data into its contracts. This is what @RaviNa1k calls the 'data swamp'. So, there's a big q here
Was @FT's data repurposed by Cambridge Analytica for Trump campaign? This is what it did, after all. It took data intended for one purpose. And then used it for another. Maybe, CA never had access to any @FT data. I hope so. But I think @FT needs to address this publicly
It needs to investigate internally & to do that it really needs to understand the depths of what it doesn't know. @gilliantett has written some fascinating columns & @aliya__ram's 2018 reporting was excellent but since she left, it has no institutional memory of the subject
This is a company that even the British government has branded 'unethical'. Nix has been banned from running companies for 7 years. Another small detail missing from @FT's reports last week...
Instead, incredibly, the report quoted just one person: Alex Taylor - CEO of the company shortly before it went bust - complaining he'd been 'unfairly tarnished'. Inexplicably, @FT chose him for comment. Not @profcarroll, not @RaviNa1k, not @DamianCollins, not @IanCLucas.
Friday's document dump blows apart assertion that Cambridge Analytica had 'no role' in Brexit. AggregateIQ - firm at heart of EUref - revealed to be operating as single legal entity with CA. Meanwhile @Channel4News's reporting exposed Trump campaign *did* use CA's psychographics

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17 Oct
Last night, @AP reported 180-page legal complaint filed by non-partisan Campaign Legal Center.

It claims Cambridge Analytica facilitated illegal co-ordination between Trump & PACs. 757 pages of internal CA docs were also released

This is material @ICOnews has. SO many qs
Everything about this story is hard to follow. But here's what you need to understand: AIQ is company at the heart of Brexit. Found by Cummings. Used by 4 different campaigns. Who by law not allowed to co-ordinate. (Though we know at least 2 of them did - Vote Leave & BeLeave)
Last week, @ICOnews told DCMS committee 'AIQ has consistently denied have a closer relationship beyond that between a software developer & their client'. And that all work was 'conducted with SCL & not CA'.

These docs - which @ICOnews has - flatly contradict this Image
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17 Oct
⚠️⚠️⚠️And there it is⚠️⚠️⚠️

In black & fucking white.

A legal contract with Donald Trump

'AggregateIQ - IN PARTNERSHIP WITH - Cambridge Analytica'

2 companies

Operating together as ***1 legal entity***

'Aggregate IQ in partnership with Cambridge Analytica' Image
From Brittany's new data dump. I really didn't mean to look tonight...but my god.

For the Brits: incontrovertible evidence AIQ - firm at heart of Brexit contracted by Cummings - was operating as single legal entity with Cambridge Analytica

(Previously: denied, denied, denied) Image
For the Americans: Cambridge Analytica started working for Trump in Sept, 2015

This contract dates from 11 months before it was announced that Cambridge Analytica was working for the Trump campaign.

And overlaps with period when Cambridge Analytica was working for Ted Cruz Image
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16 Oct
Independent SAGE’s weekly briefing live now. Must-watching viewing in this crucial week
Every single chart is grim, grim, grim
NEW: Prof @chrischirp presents @independentSAGE's emergency 6-week plan.

'SAGE proposed an emergency circuit breaker 3 weeks ago. We now have 4x the number of cases. We must act now.'
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15 Oct
This is live now & is already absolutely chilling. @heidibeirich is one of foremost experts in armed militias currently talking about violent white supremacists organizing & recruiting on Facebook
‘Facebook is a handmaiden to armed violence’ - @heidibeirich
‘Facebook has blood on its hands. This has to change NOW.’

@JGo4Justice of @freepress announces the new Real Facebook Oversight Board’s demands to Facebook. You there @andymstone & @nickclegg? Can we have a comment please?
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11 Oct
In May 2017, Cambridge Analytica threatened to sue @ObserverUK

It took a team of editors, reporters & lawyers to keep publishing. Their knowledge of this story is unmatched by any other publication

I hope you will read their view of this week’s headlines
This leader wasn’t my idea & is not my words. But I’ve been lucky enough to work with hugely talented & impressive colleagues who have grappled with the detail - & legalities - of it over *years*. It’s only because of their commitment & brainpower that *any* of this could be told
Shonky homemade video of #TheGreatHack because I want to name check some here: @sarah_donaldson without whom there *literally* would be no Cambridge Analytica story. The brilliant @_EmmaGH whose reporting skills made it happen. @ladywell23 who fought off CA’s & FB’s lawyers
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9 Oct
Not a single UK news org reported on UK links in Senate Intel report. Including amazing detail that Cambridge Analytica polling data from Trump was passed to Russian spy. In fairness..it sounds too nutty to be true, right? Much easier to dismiss & move on. Except..it is true
I mean..I get it. It’s literally crazy. And...so un-British. We are not built for plots like this. Kitchen-sink dramas are our thing. But you can’t really understand the misreporting of this week’s Cambridge Analytica news without understanding the bizarro background context Image
Elizabeth Denham, the UK commissioner, has led the world in investigating the abuse in data in politics. She did something bold & brilliant in taking on the tech giants & trying to uncover the truth about how personal data has been weaponised but political parties & campaigns
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