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Cambridge Analytica whistleblower’s book coming out next week

Christopher Wylie, the whistleblower who revealed that data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica harvested data from Facebook users’ profiles without permission for political advertising, is reportedly set to publish a book about the scandal through Random House.

The publishing house will release Wylie’s book, “Mindf*ck: Cambridge Analytica and the Plot to Break America” on Oct. 8, according to The Associated Press. Random House touts it as “both exposé and dire warning” about the potential to manipulate people through online data.

Last year, Wylie, a former research director at the firm, gave the Observer newspaper a number of internal documents and accused the company of illegally accessing millions of Facebook users’ personal information in support of both President Trump’s and Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) presidential campaigns.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who was summoned to testify before Congress, personally apologized for the handling of the data and the Federal Trade Commission fined the social media giant about $5 billion to settle the matter this July. 

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