(National Sentinel)Â Hoax Chasers: With interest waning in ‘collusion’ between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia due to a persistent lack of evidence, a Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee let slip who members of his party on the panel were going after next.
As reported byÂ The Daily Caller, Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia told CBS Newsâ€™ Margaret Brennan Sunday that Facebook is part of the â€œnext wave of technologyâ€ that will pose a threat to future elections.
â€œWe have to get our arms around this, and I think Mr. [Mark] Zuckerberg [Facebook founder] needs to come and testify before Congress, not just put an advertisement in a newspaper. He said he would if he was the right guy. He is the right guy,â€ Warner explained.
â€œHe needs to come testify before Congress and explain how theyâ€™re going to work with us to both protect privacyâ€¦ and how weâ€™re going to make sure this doesnâ€™t happen again.â€
When asked if heÂ intends to interview former Trump adviser and Cambridge Analytica board member Steve Bannon, he responded, “I’d like to.”
â€œThereâ€™s something a little fishy about this firm,â€ Warner said. â€œWe now know that the CEO reached out to Julian Assange, the famous Wikileaks leader about hacked e-mails. We know this company worked with, reported to work with a Russian oil company who was looking at election data in America.
â€œThe big question is, Cambridge Analytica, who bragged about how much they helped the Trump campaign micro-target â€“ were they just helping the Trump campaign or were they utilizing some of the Russian misinformation and disinformation. There are legitimate questions that need to be answered.â€
Cambridge Analytica isÂ a British political consulting firm which combines data mining, data brokerage, and data analysis with strategic communication for the electoral process. It was founded with seed money from billionaire Robert Mercer, a supporter of President Donald J. Trump.
The firm reportedly used a data-mining tool to extract information on about 50 million Facebook users prior to the Trump securing the GOP nomination.
In 2012, however, the Obama reelection campaign also obtained data on about 190 million Facebook users, though Democrats say that effort was different.
But Carol Davidsen, who served as the Obama campaign’s director of data integration and media analytics, tweeted on Sunday that Facebook allowed the campaign to access the data “because they were on our side.”
In a separate tweet she added that she worked on all “data integration projects” at the campaign. “This was the only one that felt creepy, even though we played by the rules, and didn’t do anything I felt was ugly, with the data.”
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