Harris Questions Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower on Stolen Data used to Suppress African American Votes
Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday questioned former Cambridge Analytica employee and whistleblower Christopher Wylie on reports that the data firm may have used the misappropriated data from 87 million Facebook users to target African Americans to suppress their votes. Specifically, Harris asked Wylie if Steve Bannon, who was VP of the firm's Board before joining the Trump campaign, or anyone else had decided what motivates or demotivates African Americans to vote. She also asked about the methodology used to identify African American voters. "So it’s not just focusing on racial characteristics of people," Wylie replied. "When you pull a random sample of African Americans, they’re not all the same people. Oftentimes they’re very different, have very different lives and different motivators. So when you’re looking at any program, whether it is motivating or demotivating someone, understanding their internal characteristics is a very powerful thing because you don’t treat them just as a Black person, you treat them as who they are. That can be used to encourage people to vote or discourage people to vote." Cambridge Analytica, which still denies any wrongdoing, announced earlier this month it was shutting down operations. More here.