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Ravi Shankar Prasad says Cong has links with Cambridge Analytica, warns Facebook

Ravi Shankar Prasad says Cong has links with Cambridge Analytica, warns Facebook

Mr Mark Zuckerberg, you better know the observation of IT Minister of India. "We have got stringent powers in the IT Act including summoning you in India", Prasad said while addressing media persons here. "Mr. Rahul Gandhi should explain the role of Cambridge Analytica in his social media profile", Prasad asked.

The government on Wednesday opened a new front against Congress, alleging that the party has been in touch with the controversial data firm Cambridge Analytica (CA), and also warned social media giant Facebook against any attempt to influence India's electoral process through "undesirable means".

As far as their involvement in the U.S. electoral proceedings is concerned, Cambridge Analytica is said to have used a third-party quiz app called "This is your digital life", which collected user information through questions and then harvested the data of the user as well as their friends - which violates Facebook's policies, as explicit permission had not been sought by the app.

"In the wake of recent data theft from Facebook, let my stern warning be heard across the Atlantic, far away in California", the minister said.

The IT Minister also warned Facebook and other social media platforms against any attempt to influence the electoral process in India through undesirable means.




Facebook is having a tough time after Cambridge Analytica was accused of harvesting data of up to 50 million Facebook users without permission. "There are serious allegations of data theft against this company in United States of America and England". Reports say that the now sacked CEO of Cambridge Analytica, Alexander Nix, had met several Opposition leaders to design strategy for the UPA in the Lok Sabha elections next year.

As this scandal broke out, reports also surfaced that the organisation that orchestrated this hack - political data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica - was involved in Bihar's 2010 elections. Prasad's allegations came after the reports of the Congress president's links with the London-headquartered data mining and analysis firm surfaced.

The firm, the Union minister said, has been accused of using "sex, sleaze and fake news" to influence elections and asked if the Congress too plans to walk the same path.

Facebook, however, has already suspended Cambridge Analytica from its platform. BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra told reporters that the illegal use of people's data from social media could turn out to be the Congress' "biggest scam" and added that the government would launch a probe into the matter.


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