The Congress has repeatedly said it had no links with Cambridge Analytica, the company accused of using Facebook data to influence elections, but a BBC documentary aired last September prominently features a Congress poster in the office of the firm’s former CEO Alexander Nix.
Journalist Jamie Bartlett’s two-part documentary Secrets of Silicon Valley explored how Silicon Valley’s mission to connect the world was disrupting democracy and plunging the world into “an age of political turbulence”. He specifically explored the role played by social media and Facebook in getting Donald Trump into the White House.
In the second part titled The Persuasion Machine, Bartlett interviewed Nix at his London office to learn about the methods Cambridge Analytica had used for the campaigns of Ted Cruz and Trump, including the use of Facebook data to predict the actions and personalities of voters.
As Bartlett speaks to Nix, a large poster of the Congress can be seen within a frame on the wall behind the former CEO of Cambridge Analytica. Also on the wall are framed photos of leaders and parties whose campaigns had engaged the firm, such as Cruz and Trump.
The orange Congress poster prominently features the party’s hand symbol in the colours of the national flag with the legend “Congress – Development for all” below.
Bartlett’s questions for Nix focus on Cambridge Analytica’s role in the 2016 US presidential election and the two do not discuss the firm’s activities in India.
Asked about the poster displayed in Nix’s office, a spokesperson for the Congress said on Wednesday that the party had no links with Cambridge Analytica. The spokesperson reiterated the party’s assertion that it had never hired the firm for any poll-related work.
I can confirm this isn’t photoshopped because I filmed it. https://t.co/MhMprwWlgs
— Sebastien Rabas (@sebastienrabas) March 29, 2018
And here’s a small clip too. Also not photoshopped. pic.twitter.com/chxsOwZ45k
— Jamie Bartlett (@JamieJBartlett) March 28, 2018