Congress a client, Cambridge Analytica worked extensively in India, says whistleblower

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The marketing material boasts of the firm holding data from "over 600 districts and 7 lakh villages" that it claims its "constantly being updated".

In the 2007 Uttar Pradesh polls, SCL India carried out a full political survey on behalf of a "major party" which the document didn't name. SCL India also assisted the party in understanding how to use the diverse findings. The world's biggest social network came under severe criticism after reports of misuse of its user data was reported by whistleblower Chris Wylie.

Speaking to the British MPs on Tuesday, Wylie said Cambridge Analytica worked extensively in India and that he believed the Congress party was one of its clients.

"If you are going to pitch any big client, they require experience".

Wylie, who blew the lid off the alleged scam involving mining of Facebook user data to manipulate elections, made these revelations through a tweet and said that, "I've been getting a lot of requests from Indian journalists, so here are some of SCL's past projects in India". 2003 Madhya Pradesh election Psephological study and opinion polling for a national party to identify swing voters, analysis of behavioural dynamics at work in key seats which in turn informed the party's efforts to ensure to local structure and communication strategy that matched the caste make-up. "But they do have offices there, they do have staff". This is likely untrue.

Rai has also referred to this claim of SCL India having ten offices as being "absolutely false".

This is the harder part.

The images there seem to be from a Cambridge Analytica power-point presentation.

"The Indian National Congress has had no truck with CA".

Christopher Wylie provided information
Image Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie provided information

"As much as SCL would like to take credit for the Senate Republicans' victories in 2014, I think more credit should be given to Morgan Carroll for helping draw politically motivated maps that ousted an incumbent Democrat and gave us the opportunity to win the majority".

Nearly a week after Mark Zuckerberg published a post acknowledging Facebook's shortcomings in the Cambridge Analytica saga, and only a couple of days after a public apology via newspapers in the United Kingdom and the US, Facebook has finally rolled out the first batch of changes on the platform related to how users see and access data.

The timing of the work suggests that the £42,000 ($59,000) contract was signed after the Information Commissioner's Office, the UK's data watchdog, opened an investigation into the use of data analytics for political purposes that has focused on Cambridge Analytica's work.

Did SCL help with any of Rai or OBI's campaigns? Wylie further stated that he broke his silence on Cambridge Analytica as he believed that the company was influencing elections in struggling democracies and felt uneasy about this.

What happened after that?

Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix is so cartoonishly rich he allegedly once left a meeting to "pick up a £200,000 chandelier", whistleblower Christopher Wylie told United Kingdom parliament during a Tuesday hearing.

He later added that while influencing elections in developing countries was not overly profitable the company would make its real money by introducing government ministers to businessmen in what he called a "privatized colonizing operation".

But Nikhil Pahwa, a technology expert, said that signs that the company worked in India are worrying.

The image which is doing rounds on social media shows a poster of Congress' hand symbol which also carries party slogan- "Development for all".

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