Twitter Sold Data to Researcher in Cambridge Analytica Scandal

Facebook is clearly the company most affected by the Cambridge Analytica data sharing scandal, but that doesn’t leave other social networks completely unscathed. Twitter has confirmed to the Telegraph that it sold public data access to researcher Aleksandr Kogan’s GSR, the firm whose quiz app collected data from millions of Facebook users without their consent. GSR paid for one day of access in 2015, Twitter said, and scooped up a “random sample” of public tweets covering a period between December 2014 and April 2015. Twitter added that it “did not find any access” to private information.

It’s not certain exactly what Kogan and GSR did with the info, although the short access window and random nature suggests that this was more about studying a general sentiment at a moment in time rather than a sustained or targeted campaign.

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