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By Anna Schecter
Aleksandr Kogan, the academician who mined Facebook to Computer Video related to Donald Trump's presidential campaign, Cambridge Analytica, filed a fight against the social network Friday before the law of limitations should have expired.
It was a Friday night a year ago when Facebook attempted to advance on the Cambridge Analytica story, "in Kogan's words and published a statement accusing him of deceiving the company when he developed his app in 201
Kogan told NBC News he had been waiting for investigations by the Ministry of Justice, the Security and Currency Commission and the Federal Selection Commission of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. to pack up the archives filing, but the law of constraints "forced our hand." News of the lawsuit was first reported by the New York Times.
"Certainly, my preference was not to file until the government had investigated. Therefore, we did not make this thing six months ago. We had no choice but to send Friday, "Kogan said on Saturday in a telephone interview.
Kogan has for several months maintained that his app that reminded Facebook user profile data and the data of friends who downloaded his app was the standard operation procedure for hundreds of not thousands of apps.
He told NBC News that he had a relationship with Facebook for the Cambridge Analytica scandal brought bad pressure to the company.
"This is a relentless lawsuit by anyone who ruthlessly violated our policies and puts people data at risk, said Facebook spokesman Andy Stone on Saturday.
Kogan's lawyer, Steven Cohen, said Facebook found "an appropriate scapegoat" in Kogan.
"They accused him of being a liar and a scam and they knew it was not the truth, and that is the standard of defamation of a public person," said Cohen. "Alex Kogan was obviously not a public figure, nor was he cast. into the limelight at Facebook's defamation. "
Cohen said Facebook strategically referred to Kogan as a" Russian American "in his statement.
" They responded to all the negative publicity they asked for Russian trolls to posting fake news on Facebook, and they found a convenient scapegoat in Alex Kogan. "
" He didn't wonder on Facebook. He followed what they told him to comply with, "Cohen said," Meanwhile, he has lost jobs, investors, consulting, and his good name. We do nothing but put this in front of a jury. "