Former Trump campaign chief executive Steve Bannon directed Cambridge Analytica, a research firm he co-founded, to look into ways of discouraging left-leaning voters from casting a vote during the 2016 presidential campaign.
According to The Hill, whistleblower Christopher Wylie met with Democrats from the House Judiciary Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform behind closed doors Wednesday and said Bannon wanted the company to research ways of "discouraging particular types of voters who are more prone to voting for Democratic or liberal candidates."
Wylie also accused Bannon of asking the company to test different messages about Russia, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Russia expanding its footprint in Eastern Europe.
"It was the only foreign issue or foreign leader, I should say, being tested at the time I was there," Wylie said, The Hill reported.
According to NBC News, Wylie said the company "was set up to be essentially a full service propaganda machine."
Cambridge Analytica has come under fire for improperly obtaining user data for as many as 87 million Facebook users during the 2016 campaign. The company provided data analytics services for the Trump campaign.
Bannon served in the Trump White House as a senior counselor to the president before he departed last summer.
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