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Electoral body to investigate Cambridge Analytica activity in Argentina

The national government denies it had any involvement with Cambridge Analytica followings reports the disgraced campaign firm operated in Argentine elections.

Wednesday 21 March, 2018
A Facebook employee walks past a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California.
A Facebook employee walks past a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California. Foto:AP-Jeff Chiu

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The National Electoral Chamber (CNE) will carry out an investigation into the alleged activities in Argentine elections of the disgraced British campaign firm Cambridge Analytica.

The government denies it has had any involvement with Cambridge Analytica.

“We prefer to have control over our teams and not to outsource this type of service”, Macri administration sources said in comments reported by Infobae.

The data harvesting scandal has sent shockwaves through the political elite of a number of countries while social media giant Facebook has also come under scrutiny for its privacy policies.

A British parliamentary committee on Tuesday summoned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to answer questions on the issue.

INVESTIGATION

An undercover investigation of Cambridge Analytica, a British firm hired by Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, revealed executives boasted they could entrap politicians in compromising situations with bribes and Ukrainian sex workers, and spread misinformation online.

According to the investigation by Britain’s Channel 4, the executives claimed to have worked in more 200 elections across the world, including Argentina, the Czech Republic, India, Kenya and Nigeria.

The British firm said it “strongly denies” the claims from Channel 4 as well as reports on misuse of Facebook data.

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