Christopher Wylie, the Canadian whistleblower who unveiled the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal, told CBC on Wednesday night that he wants to testify in the United States and the United Kingdom about the threats posed by social media about democratic institutions and elections.
“It is in the public interest that we need to start discussing these issues. Unfortunately, our legislators and regulators are playing catch-up on issues that have long been well known in the technology sector,” he said.
When asked if he would testify in Canada, Wylie said “absolutely”.
Originally from British Columbia, this 28-year-old data analyst is the mastermind behind the Cambridge Analytica company and its system that allowed Donald Trump’s campaign to collect information from more than 50 million Facebook users without their knowledge.
Wylie said it’s time for governments to have a real debate on the meaning of privacy in the digital age, the risks inherent in social media platforms, and how to protect democracies from vulnerabilities in the digital age. communication infrastructure.
The whistleblower also wants to meet Facebook who, he alleges, tried to drown the articles of the Observer and the New York Times, the first media outlets to expose the scandal.
“I think more broadly that they are beginning to understand that there is an existential crisis potential on Facebook, because people realize that you have a business that has a problem with the fact that all of its business model is spinning. around the use of personal data,” he said.
It’s great that they [Facebook] are talking about it right now, but I’d like to see what they’re going to do.
Following the revelations by Canadian Press about the contractual ties at the beginning of 2016 between the Liberal Party of Canada (PLC) and Christopher Wylie, the LPC released more details on Wednesday about this brief collaboration . The party claims that “after seeing what was offered,” he refused to go ahead.
According to the press release published by the PLC, Christophe Wylie’s firm, Eunoia Technologies, has done “preliminary work” for an amount of $ 100,000. A contract concluded “in accordance with the rules of supply of the House of Commons,” says one.
During question period in the House of Commons, Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer called Christopher Wylie “a Liberal Party executive.”
This statement made the 28-year-old man jump. “What I would say to Mr. Scheer is that I call myself a whistleblower to talk about a project that has absolutely nothing to do with the Liberal Party,” he said.