CHRISTOPHER WYLIE is a Canadian whistleblower in the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal who was previously the director of research at Cambridge Analytica.
In 2018, Wylie became a whistleblower, giving The Guardian documents that described the secret workings behind Cambridge Analytica. The documents center around Cambridge Analytica’s alleged unauthorized possession of personal private data from some 87 million Facebook user accounts, obtained for the purpose of creating targeted political campaigns for the 2016 US presidential elections. These campaigns were based on psychological and personality profiles mined from the Facebook data.
On March 27, 2018, Wylie gave evidence to the UK’s Sigital Culture, Media and Sport Committee which contained further revelations about the practices at Cambridge Analytica and its associated companies.
Wylie’s revelations triggered government investigations on both sides of the Atlantic and pushed long-simmering privacy concerns.
Wylie is self-described as Gay and vegan. In an interview with The Guardian, Wylie stated that Rebekah Mercer “loved the gays, and so did Steve Bannon. He figured if you could get the gays on board, everyone else will follow…(like the) Milo Yiannopolous thing”