Congress posing threat to democracy by aligning with Cambridge Analytica, says BJP

"What is the CA's role in Rahul Gandhi's social media presence", he asked.It is a matter of grave concern for crores of online users in India that online data and browsing patterns are being used for such means. "But abuse of social media, that too, by using foreign firms will not be acceptable", he added.

As reported in Guardian Observer and New York Times, Facebook profiles of almost 5 crore people were illegally used by the political firm and it helped to create models and algorithms to successfully target swing voters with false news and political advertisements. We welcome the FB profile in India, but if any data theft of Indians is done through the collusion of FB system, it shall not be tolerated.

Addressing a press conference here, Surjewala said, "Indian National Congress or the Congress President has never used or never hired the services of a company called Cambridge Analytica".

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The European Parliament's Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt, a former Belgian premier, called for an investigation on Tuesday. It added, "Cambridge Analytica does not condone or engage in entrapment, bribes or so-called "honeytraps".

Facebook is facing the heat after Cambridge Analytica, a British consulting company, was accused of harvesting data of up to 50 million users without permission and using the data to help politicians, including US President Donald Trump and the Brexit campaign.

On this backdrop he posed a a few questions for Congress party, and these include: "Will Congress party now depend upon data manipulation and theft to woo voters?" Mr Mark Zuckerberg, you better know the observation of IT Minister of India.

"We have got stringent power under IT Act, we shall use it, including summoning you in India".

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Media reports had claimed that Cambridge Analytica is in talks with the Congress to outline a "data-driven strategy" for the upcoming polls general elections in 2019. If the data of the Indians is shared through Facebook, we have the stringent IT Act.

The Congress has denied the allegation. "The company boasts of having influenced elections in Nigeria, Kenya, Brazil, also in India", the minister said. "In this report on Cambridge Analytica there is an ostensible claim by them or the jurno's (sic) that they have worked on Indian elections/campaigns".

"As IT and Law Minister of India, let me make it very very clear, we fully support freedom of press and free exchange of ideas on social media, but any attempt - covert or overt - on social media including, Facebook, and trying to influence India's electoral process through undesirable means will neither be appreciated nor tolerated", Mr Prasad said. He stated that the Election Commission of India should enquire/recommend investigation what services and to whom they were offering in India.

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