Bannon and Cambridge Analytica Worked to Suppress Black Vote

Whistleblower Testifies That Facebook Looked the Other Way As Data Was Misused

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Tech Crunch: “Appearing before the Senate Judiciary committee today as part of the ongoing investigation of Cambridge Analytica and various forms of meddling in the 2016 elections, former employee and whistleblower Christopher Wylie said that the company and its then-VP Steve Bannon were pursuing voter suppression tactics aimed at black Americans.”

“‘Steve Bannon believes that politics is downstream from culture. They were seeking out companies to build an arsenal of weapons to fight a culture war,’ he explained at another point in the session.”

“It’s not particularly surprising that Bannon, who has aligned himself repeatedly with alt-right and white nationalist figures and movements, would be contemplating ways to decrease the number of people of color voting. But it is new that it was being pursued relatively openly under the Cambridge Analytica banner.”

“Wylie also testified that Facebook, when it asked Cambridge Analytica to certify that it had deleted the data it was using in violation of the company’s rules, ‘did not require a notary or any sort of legal procedure. So I signed the certification and sent it back and they accepted it.'”

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