It Seems That Twitter Sold Data To Cambridge Analytica Linked Researcher

It seems that Twitter may be about to have its own Facebook moment now that Bloomberg has discovered that a researcher who is linked to Cambridge Analytica which is the company that slurped up the data of 88 million (or more) people from Facebook bought data from Twitter:

Twitter sold data access to the Cambridge University academic who also obtained millions of Facebook users’ information that was later passed to a political consulting firm without the users’ consent. Aleksandr Kogan, who created a personality quiz on Facebook to harvest information later used by Cambridge Analytica, established his own commercial enterprise, Global Science Research (GSR). That firm was granted access to large-scale public Twitter data, covering months of posts, for one day in 2015, according to Twitter. “In 2015, GSR did have one-time API access to a random sample of public tweets from a five-month period from December 2014 to April 2015,” Twitter said in a statement to Bloomberg. “Based on the recent reports, we conducted our own internal review and did not find any access to private data about people who use Twitter.” The company has removed Cambridge Analytica and affiliated entities as advertisers. Twitter said GSR paid for the access; it provided no further details.

I wonder if we’re now going to have a #DeleteTwitter hashtag popping up now?

This pretty much starts to paint the picture that every social media company might have been touched by these guys. So while Facebook aren’t choirboys, they are far from being the only bad actors here. Don’t be surprised if you hear about more companies getting caught up in this as the companies in question either check to see if they’ve done business with Cambridge Analytica or anyone associated with them, or the media simply outs them.


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