The world was swept by the storm of the Cambridge Analytica scandal when The New York Times and the Guardian published detailed articles reporting how the tech firm had assessed user data from popular social media sites, Facebook, at the behest of US politicians Ted Cruz, on the 17th March 2018. The latest to add to the news related to the scandal, Cambridge Analytica has announced that its acting CEO, Alexander Tayler, is stepping down from his post as the CEO to resume his post as chief data officer.
The company’s board had suspended and started investigating its previous executive head, Alexander Nix, after he was caught boasting about using propaganda and blackmail on behalf of his previous clients.
A day before the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, was scheduled to address Congress regarding the scandal, Cambridge Analytica had published its own version of the events that, unsurprisingly, made the activities of the tech firm appear in a legal light. For its part, when the chief executive began answering questions on Capitol Hill yesterday, the social media site released a tool to allow users to check if their data had been assessed by the tech company. At his return before Congress for a second time, Zuckerberg revealed that he was among the victims whose data was accessed by Cambridge Analytica.
A press release by Cambridge Analytica read, “The Board has announced today that Dr Alexander Tayler has stepped down as acting CEO of Cambridge Analytica and will resume his former position as Chief Data Officer in order to focus on the various technical investigations and inquiries. We would like to thank Dr Tayler for his service in what has been a challenging time for the company.”
As of now, the tech firm has not revealed any information regarding who shall replace Alexander Taylor as the next CEO of the company.