Man at center of Facebook data scandal defends role in controversy

Dr. Aleksandr Kogan talks to "GMA" about the accusations of improperly giving the Facebook data of tens of millions of Americans to a research firm.
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Aright, George, now to new developments in that face pracscandal. Two key figures testy including the improperly givinacebook data about tensf milons of Americans to aesearch firm. That was later coned trump campaign. We're going toak to himive in a moment. Fiour chief business correspondent Rebecca is has the latest Reporte H scientist at the heart of the facook privacy sca, aleksan Kogan, a researcr university of Cambridge who lawfully ran a personality test on facook on 2014 to collect the data ofnlions of americans.but accordi to Facebook, he broke company policy when he ared that with Cambridge alytica. So, I mean,t the te I thought we were doing everythingat was wast. I was kind of acting honestly que naively. I thought we were doing everhing okay. Reporter: Kogan telling "60 occurrence among researchers. S quiz 270,000 Tim to Facebook put a my as 87 million users' information atvicio risk. People signed into that extohare the data with Kogan the turned around and in Von of olicies and in violation ofpeople at sold it to a third pay rm, to Cambridge analytica in this macase Reporter: The information including erything from user locations to genders to interests as well as informationonir friends, potti valuable in swaying voteritos, pez, advertising. Idea stole the data I think I tecically incorrect. I mean this is ahack. Reporter: For "Good morni a,"jarvis, ABC news, New York. Anks,rebecca. Dr. Jois now. I want to pick up W we left off there, Dr. Kogan. Technically correct but mark zuckrg has cused you of deceiving Facebook, violati Facebook policy selngt to third parties.response? So, I think the bei little misleading. In ideahis was a ha flat out wrong.like image a warehouse. We did break W went on Amazon a orderedhendegat and they delivered it to us. Th I feature of their em. You weren't ssed T sell it, That is even a lite sill if look at Facebook appso Y move langue they say -- they can trafe theatre to that third parties so it's a bit like work in buildinnd everybody is bringing in their dogs. You bring in your dog and pees in the wrong pnd management is sayinging ho coulyou dog? Just looking around and thinkinghatbout everybody else? Eone it isn't necessarily a defense.I you fee LE you're being B people have a right to beangry? Oh, absolutely. T I think it has do withest transfef data idea. I think it has everything to do with the way T tech companies have been running for a long me in terms using data, became t??l fundamental business model here is we' going T take your data and use it F whichever we want to try to sel you things and that's just the busineorm and I think that's wheallyupsetting. The whistle-blower raid your ties to Russia. Whou were king for Cambridge alytica, did you have anyies to Russia, travel to Russia andper wast connected to Cambridge analytica? So, tnk a lf thats xenophobic nonsense to be frank. I had a loose the affiliation and went talks there but nothing sts just like most american folk. Have nothing to dotrabaja with spycraft. Is that anolute denial? You had nothing to do Russian interference inhe election? I T it's honestly a preposterous claim that has no backing and absolutely nay, dr.spar?? por lkogan, thanks for yourime this morning. Thank you.

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