Cambridge Analytica’s Aleksandr Kogan Wants You To Know He’s Not A Bad Guy (HBO)

The Cambridge University researcher at the center of the Facebook data scandal has appeared before a British parliamentary committee investigating fake news.

Aleksandr Kogan was working for Cambridge University when he designed a personality testing app which gathered the data of tens of millions of Facebook users.

That data was passed on to political consultancy Cambridge Analytica without user consent, and is alleged to have been used to try and influence voters in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Kogan told VICE News that he believes a copy of that data is still available, even though Kogan and Cambridge Analytica assured Facebook it had deleted the data. Kogan has said he deleted the data.

“I mean I lost my career for sure,” Kogan told VICE News. “Like It’ll be very difficult for me to ever be an academic anywhere.”

Since being branded a liar by Facebook for his role in the affair, Kogan has been on a road to try and clear his name.

VICE News joined Kogan before — and after — his visit to Britain’s parliament.

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