Offbeat Ex-head of Cambridge Analytica to appear before UK committee

17:06  17 may  2018
17:06  17 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Cambridge Analytica has denied providing Aggregate IQ with the data it gathered, reportedly harvested through a personality quiz developed by A parliamentary panel on IT has asked ministry officials to appear before it on April 6 and respond to queries on "citizens data security and privacy"

Alexander Nix, the ousted CEO of Cambridge Analytica , has pulled out of a scheduled appearance before the UK parliament. Nix, who formerly headed the data company at the heart of the ongoing Facebook privacy scandal , was due to appear before the parliament’s Digital, Culture

Chief Executive of Cambridge Analytica, Alexander Nix, is shown leaving its offices in central London on March 20. © Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP Chief Executive of Cambridge Analytica, Alexander Nix, is shown leaving its offices in central London on March 20. LONDON — British lawmakers investigating the use of Facebook users' data in political campaigns say the suspended head of the consultancy Cambridge Analytica has accepted a summons to appear before a committee.

Parliament's media committee said Thursday that Alexander Nix had accepted a summons to appear on June 6. He had refused to appear before the committee last month, citing the ongoing investigation into the firm.

Meanwhile, the committee said the former director of the campaign pushing for Britain's departure from the European Union has refused a summons to appear.

The committee says that "is a first step which could result in a decision that a contempt of Parliament has been committed."

Parliament has the power to punish people for being disrespectful, though in practice its powers are limited.

Facebook will fight fake news with real newspaper ads (and more) .
The social-networking company will also enlist the help of researchers, who'll study misinformation on the platform. The social-networking company will provide the researchers with funding as well as access to "privacy-protected data sets."  Lastly, Facebook launched a short film called "Facing Facts," which offers a look at company's fight against fake news.  The world's largest social network has been accused of spreading fake news and misinformation, which some argue helped elect President Donald Trump.

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