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IT Minister poses questions to Congress over its alleged links to Cambridge Analytica

Ravi Shankar Prasad’s question comes after news reports stated that the data analytics company reached out to the Congress with a social media strategy.

Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has alleged that the Congress had liaised with data analytics company Cambridge Analytica, which is in the eye of the storm over misuse of data sourced from Facebook.

Mr. Prasad warned Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg that his company would not be spared if theft of any data of Indians is discovered. “The BJP will take it seriously if by collusive methods, data of Indians is exposed.”

At a press conference in New Delhi on Wednesday, Mr. Prasad posed three questions to the Congress. “Will the Congress party depend on data manipulation and theft to woo voters? Does the Congress endorse the methods used by Cambridge Analytica, namely sex, sleaze and fake news? What is Cambridge Analytica’s role in Rahul Gandhi’s social media profile?”

He asked these questions after reading out news reports that the British company had reached out to the Congress with a social media strategy ahead of elections in the country.

“Abuse of social media through an agency seeking to compromise data security is the issue,” said Mr. Prasad.

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