Cambridge Analytica suspends CEO pending probe in Facebook data scandal

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The billet of U.K.-based political consulting company Cambridge Analytica says it has expelled CEO Alexander Nix pending a full independent investigation of his actions amid a infamy over the handling of the personal data of millions of Facebook users.

The eat cited comments Nix made to an undercover reporter for Britain’s Channel 4 Newscast and other allegations of wrongdoing in taking action against Nix on Tuesday.

It declared his comments «do not represent the values or operations of the firm and his suspension reflects the seriousness with which we vision the violation.»

The plank said in an announcement posted on the data mining company’s website that the interruption was effective immediately.

Channel 4 News broadcast secretly recorded segments on Tuesday that show Nix saying his data mining firm caroused a major role in securing Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 U.S. presidential poll, including «all the data, all the analytics, all the targeting.»

Nix also said Cambridge Analytica employed emails set with a «self-destruct timer» during the Trump campaign to affect its role more difficult to trace.

He said: «There’s no evidence, there’s no holograph trail, there’s nothing.»

The program says Nix made the comments to a news-hawk posing as a wealthy potential client seeking to use Cambridge Analytica to bring pressure to bear on campaigns in Sri Lanka.

Cambridge Analytica is being investigated by British officials for its cope with of Facebook users’ personal data. The company has been accused of improperly consuming information from more than 50 million Facebook accounts. It
disclaims wrongdoing.

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