Strategic Communications Laboratories worked with Cambridge Analytica, which reportedly used social-media data to target likely Trump voters.
In February 2017, the State Department hired a company to help it reach people who might be susceptible to ISIS’s online recruiters. On Friday, Facebook blocked that company — Strategic Communications Laboratories, or SCL — for harvesting and sharing users’ data improperly. But as of press time, SCL still had a contract with State.
SCL used third-party apps to siphon users’ data and send it to Cambridge Analytica, the data-analysis firm that, in the words of The Guardian, “worked with Donald Trump’s election team and the winning Brexit campaign” to harvest “millions of Facebook profiles of US voters” and use them to build “a powerful software program to predict and influence choices at the ballot box.”