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Whistleblower claims Cambridge Analytica tried to Influence Nigeria’s 2015 Elections with Anti-Islam Video

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Cambridge Analytica reportedly tried to Influence Nigeria's 2015 Elections with Anti-Islam Video - BellaNaija

According to Guardian, embattled political data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica tried to influence Nigeria’s 2015 elections in favour of Goodluck Jonathan.

Christopher Wylie, a former employee of the firm turned whistleblower, testified that a video was released “with the sole intent of intimidating voters.”

The video, seen by Guardian, contained anti-islam messages and stark violence including someone being burned alive.

The company was said to have employed the services of AggregateIQ (AIQ), a Canadian digital services firm, to help distribute the video.

Cambridge Analytica sent AggregateIQ the video after they [CA] got banned from several online ad networks because the graphic nature of the content violated the terms of service. AIQ was quite freaked out about it. It’s a very disturbing video. They told Cambridge Analytica that. They called it ‘the murder video,’ Wylie said.

Cambridge Analytica had reportedly been hired and paid £2 million by an unnamed Nigerian billionaire in support of Jonathan “to orchestrate a ferocious campaign against his rival, the opposition leader Muhammadu Buhari.”

The video alleged that Buhari would impose Sharia once elected, would strike a pact with Boko Haram, and would punish all who speak against his regime.

See the video below: (Warning: It contains graphic images)

2 Comments

  1. ardnas

    April 5, 2018 at 11:41 am

    Now we know better. He didn’t even need to share the video, Our reality is played before us. Where girls are kidnapped at will and no one to be held responsible, where Fulani herdsmen thinks they are the govt, or where a cow is valued over a human life. 2019 is around the corner, God will keep us. This time Cambridge Analytics need not bother, we know better.

    • Anonymous

      April 5, 2018 at 4:30 pm

      Instead of being angry that a foreign firm was paid to influence and undermine your country’s electoral process, you chose to twist the publication into the narrative that fits into your pre-conceived mindset. If the publication had indicated that Buhari paid a foreign firm to falsely accuse his opponent in the last election, your response would have been different. Just make sure you get your PVC and vote for your preferred candidate. INEC will not count the number of online likes on this blog.

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