Facebook employees discussed Cambridge Analytica when it collected unwitting user data in September 2015. This was months before the public disclosure of the practice, which later became one of the biggest scandals of the tech giants.
Unveiled in a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Karl Racine of Washington D. C., who is suing the social media giants for "ongoing unlawful commercial practices".
Facebook has decided to dismiss the case and keep a sealed document sealed.
The sealed document, described Monday by Racine's office in a court case, contains "an email exchange between Facebook employees discussing how Cambridge Analytica (and others) violated the Facebook guidelines," it says in the application. The filing states that "nearly half of the DC population was caught up in this illegal sale of Cambridge Analytica data."
Facebook confirmed the internal data-shredding discussions and Cambridge Analytica detailed in the document, but called it "employee speculation" in an e-mailed statement to ABC News.
"These were two separate incidents: in September 201
Kogan refers to Aleksandr Kogan, Cambridge University psychologist, who developed the quiz that collected data from Facebook users, the results of which were then forwarded to Cambridge Analytica.
The two sides met on Friday afternoon and in Washington DC The Supreme Court judge, Fern F. Saddler, said she would decide by the end of April whether she would dismiss the case. She did not decide on the unsealing of the Facebook documents.
Employee news in September 2015 says "honest employee assessments that several third-party applications violated Facebook policies and sold consumer data during the 2016 US presidential election," said Racine Facebook, also knew of Cambridge Analytica's inappropriate practices the data collection months before reporting messages. "
Timing is important because the Cambridge Analytica scandal first informed the public about how technology companies could share user data and how that data could have affected world events, notably the US 2016 and Brexit elections.
In December 2015, a Guardian report revealed that Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm that has since perished, is collecting data from tens of millions of Facebook users from the consulting firm Global Science Research (GSR), a data-focused, Ted Cruz consultancy. Campaign Set Marketing Company.
GSR then transferred the data to Cambridge Analytica's parent company Strategic Communications Laboratories (SCL) without user knowledge. At the time, Steve Bannon was the vice president of Cambridge Analytica. He then became Donald Trump's chairman of the campaign for 2016.
In March 2018, The Guardian published an explosive report describing how Cambridge Analytica accessed data from 50 million Facebook users. The number of users whose data was breached rose to 87 million. Cambridge Analytica had also been hired to work with the Trump campaign.
At the time of The Guardians Scoop, the campaign told ABC News that it had never used Cambridge Anaytica's data because it relied on information from voters gathered by the Republican National Committee.
"Any allegation that voter data from another source was used to support the 2016 victory is wrong," said Trump's spokesman.