WASHINGTON – The scientist who helped Cambridge Analytica absorb private information from millions of Facebook profiles sued the social media giant on Friday, arguing that the company had denigrated him by claiming he was lying how the data would look like.
Since the release of Cambridge Analytica's entire data mining last year, Facebook has repeatedly attempted to blame the invasion of privacy on the scientist Aleksandr Kogan. Facebook executives – including CEO Mark Zuckerberg – said Mr. Kogan told Facebook that the data was for academic purposes when it was raised for political campaigning.
"Alex did not lie, Alex was not a scam, Alex did not cheat on her, that was not a scam," said Steve Cohen, Mr. Kogan's lawyer. "Facebook knew exactly what this app did or should have known. Facebook badly needed a scapegoat, and Alex was her scapegoat. "
Mr. Cohen said Mr. Kogan does not require a specific amount of money. "We leave that to a jury," he said.
In a statement, Liz Bourgeois, a Facebook spokeswoman, described the action as a "frivolous lawsuit" from someone who "violated our policies and put people out." data at risk. "
Cambridge Analytica was founded by Robert Mercer, a wealthy Republican financier, and Stephen K. Bannon, who would serve as Advisor to President Trump. The consulting firm became known in 2016 for its work with Trump's election campaign.
The company claimed to have used Facebook data and other information to develop analytical tools that could identify the personality of American voters and influence their behavior. These techniques have been questioned many times.
Cambridge hired Mr Kogan as contractor in June 2014 – the same month that the company was founded – and collected the data throughout the summer by calling on Facebook users to take a lengthy personality questionnaire , The quiz did not only gather data from everyone who had taken it, but also from all their friends.
The company has since affected up to 87 million users, so that investigations by prosecutors and regulators threaten. At least one of these investigations is being conducted by prosecutors from California's northern district and seems to be partially focused on Facebook's allegations that Cambridge has misled it.
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