The former Chief Executive of Cambridge Analytica Alexander Nix, clashed with lawmakers Wednesday, while giving evidence to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee inquiry into fake news at Portcullis House in London, the Associated Press reported.
Vehemently denying allegations that his company harvested data from social media giant Facebook without the users’ consent to help Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election, Nix shot back saying that Cambridge Analytica had become the subject of global derision because of its involvement in US president Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
While excoriating a section of the media of a “concerted campaign”, Nix accused the whistleblower Christopher Wylie, of being a “bitter and jealous” former employee and a “resentful” “liar” whose allegations were “proven false”. He insinuated that the witch hunt against him and his firm was politically motivated given the frustration of some lawmakers from Britain's Labour party over the British public's vote in favour of leaving the European Union and compounded by the fact, a Republican got elected as President of the country’s closest ally, the United States.
“I’m sitting here and being subjected to frankly ridiculous accusations based on the most tenuous connections that simply aren’t supported by evidence,” the former head of the now defunct political consultancy firm said when denying his firm had worked in favour of the Brexit campaign.
"I'm sorry if members of this committee are unhappy with the outcome of the referendum. I'm sorry if members of the committee are unhappy with Donald Trump being president of the United States," Nix told Labour lawmaker Ian Lucas. "But you can't simply put forward your prejudices onto me and make sweeping assumptions about our involvement with a political campaign simply because that is what you want to believe, because that narrative suits your view of the facts."