Twitter sold data access to Cambridge Analytica researcher

After Facebook, another social media outlet Twitter has now been caught up in the data scandal involving Cambridge Analytica, the British political consulting firm which collected the data of nearly 87 million Facebook users without their knowledge and permission, according to a media report.

“In 2015, GSR did have one-time API access to a random sample of public tweets from a five-month period from December 2014 to April 2015,” Twitter said in a statement to Bloomberg.

 

It added, “Based on the recent reports, we conducted our own internal review and did not find any access to private data about people who use Twitter.”

 

Twitter said GSR paid for the access; it provided no further details.

 

Earlier, The Telegraph reported that Twitter sold data to Kogan, who told the U.K. newspaper that he was in compliance with Twitter’s policies but didn’t elaborate on what level of access he received.

 

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