Appearing before the Senate Judiciary committee today as part of the ongoing investigation of Cambridge Analytica and various types of meddling in the 2016 referendums, former hire and whistleblower Christopher Wylie used to say the company and its then-VP Steve Bannon were seeking voter quelling tactics aimed at pitch-black Americans.
Although Wylie insisted that he himself is not take part in these programs, he testified to their existence.
” One of the things that precipitated me to leave was discussions about’ voter disengagement’ and the relevant recommendations of targeting African Americans ,” he answered.” I didn’t participate on any voter smothering platforms, so I can’t comment on the specifics of those programs .”
” I can comment on their existence, and I can note more generally on my to better understand what they were doing ,” he explained under cross-examine from Sen. Kamala Harris( D-CA ).
” If it suited the client’s purpose, the firm[ SCL, Cambridge Analytica’s parent company] was eager to capitalize on discontent and to tend ethnic strains ,” predicted Wylie’s written testimony.
” Steve Bannon believes that politics is downstream from culture. They were seeking out companies to build an arsenal of weapons to opposed a culture struggle ,” he excused at another point in the session. He indicated questions on the specific characteristics of those weapons, and the specifics of any possible race-based voter stifling tricks, to be directed to Bannon.
That such a system might work, nonetheless, he did address.
” How specific, then, did they target African American voters ,” Sen. Harris had asked,” apprehend as you do that the African American population is not a monolith? How did they then decipher and calculate who was African American so they would target them in their intent to suppress the voting rights ?”
” Racial features is also possible modeled and I’m not sure about such studies that my colleague here was referencing but we were able to get an AUC score, which is a way of measuring accuracy for hasten that was. 89 I conclude ,” Wylie answered.
AUC, he then excused, expressed support for” Area for the purposes of the find enterprises characteristic. It’s a nature of measuring precision, which[ the. 89 illustration] represents it’s very high .”
In other commands, black voters could be identified based on their social media attendance and other factors, despite the fact that the pitch-black society is, undoubtedly, far away from homogeneous.
It’s not especially surprising that Bannon, who has aligned himself frequently with alt-right and grey nationalist illustrations and progress, would be entertaining ways to decrease the number of people of color voting. But it is new that it was being pursued relatively frankly under the Cambridge Analytica banner.
Sen. Harris and others requested any” evidence of the conduct you’ve described” Wylie may have.
Wylie also testified that Facebook, when it expected Cambridge Analytica to certify that it had deleted the data it was using in contravention of the company’s governs,” did not require a notary or any kind of court procedures. So I indicated the certification and sent it back and they accepted it .”