The Cambridge Analytica parent firm on UAE payroll was reportedly a part of a campaign aimed at showing Qatar in bad light.
The data mining firm which is being criticized for unauthorised usage of over 50 million Facebook users to influence elections was paid by the UAE to spread fabricated information about Qatar.
The reports said that the parent company of Cambridge Analytica, SCL Social Limited, filed documents with the US Justice Department’s Foreign Agents Registration Unit disclosing $333,000 in payments by the UAE for a 2017 social media campaign linking Qatar to terrorism.
The paperwork of data firm revealed that it had helped in spreading negative information about Qatar.
According to NBC, the flood of new filings provides a small window into the long-opaque industry of foreign lobbying in Washington who get money from foreign governments to sway the opinions of the American officials and public against their adversaries.
It is no surprise that the campaign was backed by UAE as it has been identified earlier cases too. Some of the attempts were cracked by international organisations and prominent figures like Julian Assange of WikiLeaks.
According to the contract, the firm was given the task of creating multiple ads on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media platforms. They used hashtag #boycottqatar, drawing ties between terrorism and Qatar.
Authorities in Qatar had earlier informed that UAE was funding for advertisements that are targeting Qatar with fake information and insinuations. The negative ads were circulated during the United Nations General Assembly meeting in September also.