>> The researcher at the center of the Facebook privacy scandal says his work could not have been used to sway an election. Aleksandr Kogan was questioned by UK lawmakers on Tuesday. He's accused of collecting 87 million Facebook users data without their permission. Names later shared with the UK political consultancy working for Donald Trump.
>> The project quite frankly, the goal is microtargeting using Facebook ads makes no sense. It's not what you would do. If you wanna do a project where you microtarget people using Facebook ads, you use the Facebook ad platform. Where you could target 100% of the population rather than 50% of the population.
We haven't talked about numbers yet.>> Kogan's testimony adding to the blame game over the data scandal. Facebook says he developed a personality quiz app to harvest the information and then improperly shared it with UK consultants Cambridge Analytica. Kogan says his work was routine and the social network just wants to find a scapegoat.
And he says former Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nicks lied to lawmakers when he said he had not received the data. On Thursday, MPs will quiz Facebook Chief Technical Officer Mike Schroepfer. Reuters UK correspond Alistair Smelt says the whereabouts of boss Mark Zuckerberg will be an issue>> A lot of the hearings we've had so far have been fleshing out details they've been getting quite to the nitty-gritty, but they've revealed lots of question which Facebook may need to answer.
On top of that, the lawmakers had wanted to hear from Mark Zuckerberg himself directly. And he has sent Schroepfer in his place.>> After Tuesday's hearing, Cambridge Analytica issued a statement saying that it did not break any laws or illegally share any data obtained by Koden's company.