Andreessen kept in touch with Wylie until the story broke in March 2018, according to one of the sources. However, there was apparently no "follow-up" to put Wylie's information to work.
Andreessens venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz has refused to answer questions. In a statement, Facebook said it was unfamiliar with the data transfer to Cambridge Analytica until December 201
The leak (if it is correct) does not guarantee that Mark Zuckerberg or other leaders knew what was going on, but it could fill a gap in the timeline that has remained conspicuously empty. It would also ask why a large board member had spoken to Wylie about a year and a half before Cambridge Analytics data outbreak became public knowledge. No matter what the answers are, it doesn't look good when Facebook is already investigating data management.
Update 3/16 10:37 ET: Marc Andreessen has denied the claim in a statement to Engadget, calling it "flat and totally false." He said a colleague suggested meeting Wylie, but the collection never took place. You can read the entire sentence below.
" The suggestion that I had or hosted a meeting involving Christopher Wylie is flat and totally untrue. I have never met Wylie in my life. Following the 2016 election, a joint colleague suggested via e- post I meet with Wylie, but that meeting never took place. Later in early 2018, Wylie came out on me on Twitter and asked for a meeting I turned down. "