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Academic sues Facebook over Cambridge Analytica scandal

The academic at the heart of the Cambridge Analytica data-harvesting scandal is suing Facebook for defamation, according to media reports.

Aleksandr Kogan, a psychology researcher, said that Facebook defamed him by claiming he had lied about how the data he harvested from Facebook users were going to be used, according to an article published by The New York Times on 15 March.

Last year, Facebook accused Kogan of harvesting data from almost 90 million of its users with an app he developed and sharing the data with SCL Elections Ltd—the parent company of Cambridge Analytica. Facebook executives claim Kogan told the social media giant that the data were for academic purposes.

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