Aleksandr Kogan, who previously developed a personality quiz on Facebook to harvest information, which was then later used by Cambridge Analytica, established his own commercial enterprise, Global Science Research (GSR).
Cambridge Analytica is at the heart of a scandal that's stirred up two national governments and Facebook, the world's largest social network. Earlier in April, parliamentarians in the United Kingdom published evidence about Brexit campaign group Leave.EU benefiting from work done by the firm. The company also said that GSR tapped only a "random sample of public tweets" for one night.
Twitter said it removed Cambridge Analytica as an advertiser but will allow the organization to maintain regular Twitter profiles.
Twitter had sold user information to Cambridge Analytica past year but recently has banned the company from its platform. Cambridge Analytica gained access to the Facebook and Twitter data behind users' backs. "Still, this shows just how comprehensive the data collection was", technology portal Engadget reported.
Unlike Facebook, Twitter does not sell private data such as Direct Messages.
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It added that "Cambridge Analytica is a data-driven marketing agency and does not manipulate political views".
Given Twitter's data is open and public by design, whatever you put out on the platform is open for all to see unless you make it private to only authorised followers.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently testified in front of Congress about the misuse of the platform's data. Twitter, a micro-blogging platform claims to have sold data to the same person who was behind the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
Facebook banned the UK-based political data analysis firm last month, saying it had improperly received as many as 87 million user profiles leaked from its service.
"The idea that we stole the data, I think, is technically incorrect". I mean, this was not a hack. He accused Cambridge Analytica's now-suspended CEO Alexander Nix of "total fabrication" when it came to denying the links between CA and GSR's data.
The Twitter data was going to be used in two products for Global Science Research.