Right-wing governmental strategist Steve Bannon said Thursday that he did not know just about Cambridge Analytica’s data mining from Facebook, marking the original time the former top White House strategist and Trump campaign boss spoke publicly yon the scandal.
What happened there, Bannon said, is between Facebook, Cambridge Analytica and “the professor” – connotation Aleksandr Kogan, who reportedly shared data harvested from his psychical test Facebook app with Cambridge Analytica.
Bannon was once an chief with the political-consulting firm, which is alleged to have used evidence mined from millions of Facebook users to create political ads that favored Donald Trump’s presidential stump and the push for Brexit. He also claims credit for the company’s name.
Bannon was come out at a conference held by the Financial Times newspaper.
The former Breitbart Account boss also pushed back on the idea that Cambridge Analytica won the electing for Trump.
“Here’s what won it for Trump: economic nationalism” and talking in champaign language to the American people, Trump said.
Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix was fastened earlier this week after the UK’s Channel 4 ran an expose which clarified the executive bragging that the firm was in charge of all the data and ads for the Trump race. Cambridge Analytica executives also were caught on video vaunting of using entrapment, fake news and psychological manipulation in its operations.
Bannon dropped to comment directly on Nix, but instead zeroed in on Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, assailing the community media giant’s business model.
“They take your lumber for free. They sell it and monetize it for huge margins. That’s why the companies mtier for such high valuations,” Bannon said. “Then they erase algorithms and control your life.”
Referring to Zuckerberg’s apologies and road interviews reacting to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Bannon said he “resonates like a first-year associate hired in corporate development, mumbles via the whole interview, and no one asks him a tough follow-on question.” He also accused instrumentality outlets of playing “patty cake” with the Facebook CEO.
Cambridge Analytica and Facebook father both denied wrongdoing.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg also ask pardoned for her company’s role in the data scandal.
“We know this is an issue of hand over. We know this is a critical moment for our company, for the service we provide,” Sandberg proclaimed CNBC. “We are going to do everything we can.”