However soon after, British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica in a statement said that Wylie has "misrepresented himself and the company to the committee, and previously to the news media".
During his testimony, Wylie also implicated Canadian marketing and software development company AggregateIQ (AIQ) in helping sidestep Brexit campaign spending limits - an allegation that has also been made by whistleblower and former Vote Leave volunteer Shahmir Sanni, who has submitted documentation to the U.K.'s Electoral Commission. You mentioned India as a prime source of business. "Obviously, that's a country which is rife with political discord and opportunities for destabilisation", said Labour MP Paul Farrelly, member of the parliamentary committee, during his questioning.
It added "Chris Wylie was a part-time contractor who left Cambridge Analytica in July 2014 and has no direct knowledge of the company's work or practices since that date. They have an office in India", Wylie responded. I don't remember a national project, I know regionally.
"One of the reasons why I'm speaking out is because I think that it's really concerning that no one has really investigated Cambridge Analytica and its role in the 2016 election", Wylie told ABC News. "But they do have offices there, they do have staff", Wylie said while speaking at the UK Parliament.
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"There are stories that have started to come out of Wylie's Romanian predecessor's involvement in India, that when he died in Kenya, he was working for Congress, according to reports from India". "Will the Congress depend on data theft and manipulation via Facebook to win elections?" they tweeted.
"So he was pretending to work for one party but actually paid underhand by someone else", said Dehaye. The statement added that Black Cube was "flattered that we are seemingly being connected with every global incident that occurs", and vowed to investigate Wylie's claims further.
The company, as well as Facebook, are in the spotlight over alleged unauthorised access to personal data of the social media website's users.
A summons letter had been sent to Zuckerberg by Damian Collins, the chair of DCMS. "We will seek to clarify from Facebook whether he (Zuckerberg) is available to give evidence or not, because that wasn't clear from our correspondence".
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The company though has not mentioned anything pertaining to Wylie's claim of Congress hiring Cambridge Analytica. "It's about the integrity of the democratic process", said Wylie, a former Cambridge Analytica employee, who earlier this month, revealed details of how the firm had inappropriately gathered Facebook data used to target voters in the U.S., dating back to 2014, using an app developed by Cambridge psychologist Aleksandr Kogan. He also criticised Cambridge Analytica for running campaigns in "struggling democracies", which he called "an example of what modern-day colonialism looks like".
Wylie, who left the company in 2014, said that he was concerned about the data's possible misuse in the 2016 USA election and that it might have been used to target specific voters with campaign ads.
As the controversy continues to escalate, Zuckerberg took out full-page advertisements in several United Kingdom and US Sunday newspapers to apologise. "I wouldn't say it's just because of Donald Trump, but Donald Trump makes it click in your head that it has a much wider impact".
Vote Leave had got "the next best thing" to Cambridge Analytica by hiring "a company that can do virtually everything that CA can do but with a different billing name", he said.
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