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Christopher Wylie: Bannon wanted "weapons" to fight a "culture war" at Cambridge Analytica

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>Christopher Wylie, the whistleblower from Cambridge Analytica who provided multiple reports about how the London-based data firm misused Facebook data of as many as 87 million people during the 2016 election, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday as part of a congressional probe into data privacy and security.

>The revelations have since forced the social media titan and other tech companies to reevaluate how they manage user data.

>During the three-hour-long hearing, Wylie provided new details into the firm's more controversial practices, including discussions of voter suppression, targeting African-American voters, and testing of slogans in 2014 that would be later used throughout the Trump campaign in 2016.


>The whistleblower told lawmakers that former vice president of Cambridge Analytica and Trump ally Steve Bannon, "saw cultural warfare as the means to create enduring change in American politics."

>"The company learned that were segments of the population that responded to messages like 'drain the swamp' or images of walls or indeed paranoia about the deep state that weren't necessarily reflected in mainstream polling or mainstream political discourse that Steve Bannon was interested in to help build his movement," Wylie told lawmakers. He said that under Bannon's leadership at Cambridge Anlaytica, U.S. clients could request testing voter suppression efforts in their contracts.