Never received Twitter data from GSR: Cambridge Analytica confirms
Cambridge Analytica has confirmed that, although GSR (Global Science Research) had many other clients and it was the only contractor with Cambridge Analytica, no Twitter data was received from GSR.
"Cambridge Analytica has never received Twitter data from GSR or Aleksandr Kogan, and has never done any work with GSR on Twitter data. GSR was only ever a contractor to Cambridge Analytica and we understand it did work for many other companies," the UK-based political consulting firm noted in a tweet.
On Monday, a news report by The Sunday Telegraph noted that Aleksandr Kogan, who created tools for Cambridge Analytica to psychologically profile and target voters, bought Twitter data in 2015.
Kogan-led Global Science Research (GSR) had access to Twitter data.
The report stated that Kogan bought tweets, usernames, photos, profile pictures and location data from Twitter over a five-month period between December 2014 and April 2015 through GSR.
Meanwhile, in a press release issued earlier today, Cambridge Analytical noted that it is a politically neutral company. "Globally, we work across the mainstream political spectrum," the release titled 'Time for facts not conjecture' read.
“It has become open season for critics to say whatever they like about us based on speculation and hearsay,” said the acting CEO Alexander Tayler.
The release stated, in deep, ten facts associated with the company explaining in detail the nature of the work it deals in.
"No laws were broken. Cambridge Analytica did not “hack” Facebook. A research company (GSR) licensed the data to us, which they legally obtained via a tool provided by Facebook. Cambridge Analytica did not use the GSR data or any derivatives of this data in the US Presidential Election. We used data from the RNC, data from public sources such as the voter registry. The claims that we used GSR data for the Trump campaign are simply untrue. Cambridge Analytica did provide polling, data analytics and digital marketing for the Trump campaign," the release stated.
It also confirmed that the company did not work at all on the Brexit Referendum and only collects data with informed consent.
"Mr Wylie is not a whistle-blower. He has repeatedly-claimed to be a founder of Cambridge Analytica. In reality, he was a contractor of SCL Elections and left in mid-2014," the release read.