The academic who created an app for Cambridge Analytica to collect personal details of millions of Facebook users sued Facebook for defamation on Friday, The New York Times reported.
According to The Times, Aleksandr Kogan said Facebook defamed him by saying he lied about how the data would be collected by the app. Facebook said it was used for academic purposes. Kogan insisted that the print of the app explained that the data could be used commercially.
"Alex did not lie, Alex was not a fraud, Alex did not deceive them, this was not a scam," Kogan's lawyer, Steve Cohen, said, The Times reported. Facebook desperately needed a scapegoat, and Alex was their scapegoat. "
Facebook did not respond immediately to Business Insider's request for comment. However, in a statement to The Times, spokeswoman Liz Bourgeois described this as a "frivolous lawsuit" from a person who "violated our policies and put people's data at risk."
Kogan created the 'This is Your Digital Life 'quiz app, which has 87 million Facebook user profiles and then went to Cambridge Analytica, a UK-based political firm hired by President Donald Trump during his 201
Kogan previously played down the role that his data had in the campaign but was aware that it was likely to be used by Cambridge Analytics during the elections.
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"I knew it was going to be for elections … And I had an understanding or a feeling that it was going to be for the Republican side," 19659015] he told CBS News in April 2018.
He later said that Facebook and Cambridge Analytics used him as a "scapegoat" after being depicted as the villain in the scandal.