Facebook faces explosive new questions as to when executives knew Cambridge Analytica's misuse of user data, a year after the first outbreak of the scandal. Prosecutors investigate that the social media giant has hidden the extent of its data relationship with the company.
The Observer has also learned that a Facebook board member and confidant of its CEO Mark Zuckerberg met Christopher Wylie, the whistleblower of Cambridge Analytica, in the summer of 201
Facebook repeatedly refused to say when its executives, including Zuckerberg, learned how Cambridge Analytica had harvested millions of people around the world to address them with political messages without their consent. Silicon Valley insiders, however, reported Observer that Facebook board member Marc Andreessen, the founder of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz and one of the most influential people in Silicon Valley, attended a meeting with Wylie, which took place in Andreessen Horowitz took office two years ago, before he appeared as a whistleblower.
It marks the end of one of the worst weeks in the history of Facebook. News of further criminal investigations and departing officers outweighed the shocking revelation on Friday that an armed man who had killed 49 people in prayer in New Zealand had killed the massacre on Facebook. In the following hours, Facebook and Google failed to stop the footage. Hundreds of thousands of people watched the video.
But the observations of Observer on Facebook open new perspectives A years-long scandal that raises questions that reach down to board level.
People who attended the meeting with Wylie and Andreessen claim it was set to find out what Cambridge Analytica did to Facebook's data and how the technologists could help fix the problem. It is unclear in which capacity Andreesen Horowitz hosted and who weakened the meeting, but it is nevertheless a most embarrassing revelation for Facebook, which turned out to be the subject of a criminal investigation last week Cambridge Analytica.
Northern California prosecutors are investigating Facebook's allegations that they did not know about the abuse of Cambridge Analytica from Facebook data until it was told by a Guardian reporter New York Times reported on Friday. "We work with investigators and take these probes seriously," said a Facebook spokesman for the New York Times (19459004).
Andreessen is one of the most influential figures in Silicon Valley and was an early investor on Facebook. During the period in 2016, when Facebook announced the investigation of data breaches by Cambridge Analytica, Christopher Wylie was invited to a meeting at Andreessen Horowitz.
Wylie, the young Canadian data scientist, would continue to emerge the scandal in Observer a year ago. He then revealed how Cambridge Analytica worked with a Cambridge University researcher, Aleksandr Kogan, to collect Facebook data from users without their consent, to model their personality and politically attack them.
A Silicon Valley Technologist Who Knows The Meeting At Andreessen, Horowitz said, "There were people who were very worried about what reports Cambridge Analytica was doing with data, and the meeting was set up to talk about as much as possible Find out the exploit to find possible solutions. That's why Wylie was invited. They wanted his knowledge. He was asked, among other things, about the company's contacts with Russian companies.
It is known that a Facebook group was formed in which Wylie was a member, and it is believed that Andreessen remained in contact with Wylie. Observer broke the story of his involvement in March last year.
A Valley insider attending the meeting said, "The strange thing is that there was no follow-up. The idea was to reverse the problem in order to find solutions. However, we have never heard of follow-up on the Facebook security team or attempts to put the information into action.
Andreessen Horowitz declined to answer the questions of Observer . Facebook has repeatedly refused to report to members of Congress and the British Parliamentary Counterfeit Intelligence Agency when executives learned of the data abuse. She also refused to answer the questions of Observer .
In another twist, Kogan told the New York Times on Friday that he intends to sue Facebook for defamation for alleging he has vilified the deception of companies about how he wanted to use the data. A spokesman for Facebook described the lawsuit as "frivolous".
Damian Collins, chairman of Parliament's fake intelligence agency, said: "Facebook refused to say which leaders knew what when, and they never explained whether the data was destroyed or where it went.
" Last year After the end of the story, there was an in-depth investigation to find out what other developers had access to data, including companies like Palantir, and it never came in. It's hard not to be suspicious, why it's so evasive. "
David Carroll, an American professor who prosecuted Cambridge Analytica for not telling him what personal information he had about him, said it was important to know who and what "Why is Facebook obscuring?" he said. "We know that Facebook will face Joseph Chancellor, Kogan's business partner, before the Guardian's first report . It contradicts the belief that nobody knew anything. Zuckerberg's replies to Congress are unbelieving. It is unbelievable that we do not know one year later, and we still do not know these basic facts. "
Carroll's own fight with Cambridge Analytica has reached a critical point tomorrow. He is in the Supreme Court against the administrators of Cambridge Analytica to defend themselves against the dissolution of the companies. Carroll is concerned about the extent to which the administrators have concealed the true nature of their relationship with Emerdata, the company's successor, and the true purpose of the winding-up attempt. "You have done everything possible to prevent me from being sent my data. It's exactly how Facebook does it. They seem desperate to give up the truth. "The administrators deny the allegations and pursue their attempts to liquidate Professor Carroll and resist the attempt to remove them.
Ravi Naik, the lawyer of Carroll, who received the Law Society's Award for Human Rights Lawyer of the Year for his work on the case, said it was an important moment in his fight to find out the truth about the data Cambridge Analytica has saved.
"Facebook has tried not to tell the truth with these evasive answers to lawmakers. And Cambridge Analytica has tried bankruptcy. We know that there was this very toxic data dump that was used to attack people politically, but we still do not know where this data came from and how it was used. We are still completely in the dark. This is an attempt to break this vault. "