After the tough and extreme scandal that Mark Zuckerberg – the founder of Facebook, faced for improper use of over 50 million users personal data by Cambridge Analytica, Twitter was also busted for selling data access to the same Cambridge Analytica.
It was reported that Twitter also sold data access to Cambridge Analytica but Twitter immediately confirmed the report that GSR – Dr. Aleksandr Kogan’s own commercial enterprise, has purchased one-time API access to a sample of public tweets from just a five months period between December 2015 and April 2015. Twitter revealed also on Friday that Cambridge Analytica did not find access to private data of people who use Twitter.
A Twitter spokesperson also said that Twitter’s data on users is far less personal, unlike Facebook data. Locations is generic and opt-in and users are not forced to use their real name on Twitter. So, it’s far less personal.
However, Cambridge Analytica tweeted that the data obtained by GSR from Twitter was never purchased nor used by Cambridge Analytica.
See the tweet below:
“Cambridge Analytica has never received Twitter data from GSR or Aleksandr Kogan, and has never done any work with GSR on Twitter data. GSR was only ever a contractor to Cambridge Analytica and we understand it did work for many other companies.”
Moreover, Twitter sells API access to large organizations or enterprises for the purposes of surveying sentiment and opinion during events, or around ideas or topics.
Let’s hear from Twitter and we will update. Stay updated and have your say in the comment section below.