It’s difficult to determine who, enmeshed in the Cambridge Analytica debacle, should take a lie detector test first! Maybe everyone involved!
The story broke last week firstly alleging that the data of 50 million Facebook holders had been utilised by an employee of the research firm. This data was allegedly used to enhance the election campaign of Donald Trump, the now President of the United States. Conveniently missing from most stories is that the business of Cambridge Analytica is political consulting. It has worked on many political campaigns including that of Barack Obama. It is to be pondered why most headlines consistently connected only the Trump campaign.
Channel 4 documentary
However, a documentary produced by Channel 4 exposed a rather sinister side to employees of the company. You can watch the Cambridge Analytica Uncovered documentary by clicking here
In the light of this exposure, the CEO, Alexander Nix, has been suspended from his duties at the company.
Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook placed advertisements in several British and American newspapers yesterday, apologising for the quiz app that allowed Cambridge Analytica to mine data from his social media platform.
Interestingly, a short time before the scandal broke; Zuckerberg sold shares to the value of around $375 million. The reason he gave was to fund a philanthropic project belonging to his wife. But how lucky was he to sell before the $82 billion stock wipe-out that occurred after the scandal became public?
In a further twist to the web of deceit that appears to engulf the scandal, it was revealed that the political consulting firm also worked on the official Leave campaign in Britain’s EU referendum.
A whistle-blower Shahmir Sanni, allegedly supported by two other employees, has emerged stating that the Leave campaign spent more than it should have done, thereby breaching electoral legislation. Pressure is being brought to bear on Prime Minister Theresa May, by Best for Britain (an anti-Brexit group), to launch an investigation. Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary wholly refutes any wrongdoing.
What a tangled web we weave, when be practice to deceive! At Lie Detector Test UK we are keeping an open mind about the scandal until more facts are available.
What are your thoughts? Do you think anyone should take a lie detector test and who should sit it first? If you have any further information about this story we would love to hear from you.
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