Facebook suspends Trump-linked data analysis firm

Saul Franklin
March 18, 2018

"It's part of our ongoing investigation into the use of data analytics for political purposes which was launched to consider how political parties and campaigns, data analytics companies and social media platforms in the United Kingdom are using and analysing people's personal information to micro-target voters".

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"In 2015, we learned that".

While he was part of Cambridge Analytica, Bannon and other board members and investors had to be cautioned by their lawyers that it was illegal to employ foreign nationals in political campaigns, the Times reported.

"They want to fight a culture war in America", he continued.

Facebook announced late on Friday, March 16, it was suspending Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL), including its data analytics firm, Cambridge Analytica, for policy violations pertaining to data retention and collection. Nix sent the email in the summer of 2016, two sources said, but it is not clear whether he sent it before or after Cambridge Analytica was brought onto the campaign.

The idea behind the project was that political preferences can be predicted by personal details people voluntarily provide on their social media accounts. It subsequently suspended Cambridge Analytica and Kogan from the platform pending an investigation.

The attorney general for the state of MA is launching an investigation into alleged harvesting of Facebook profiles by a firm employed by Donald Trump's election campaign.

Wylie was quoted in The Observer as saying: "We exploited Facebook to harvest millions of people's profiles". He says: "We exploited Facebook to harvest millions of people's profiles". However, the whistleblower's story and Facebook's press release confirm how the company tried to push this incident under the rug instead of informing users who were affected by this biggest data breach.

Cambridge Analytica appeared to lay the blame on Kogan and his company Global Science Research (GSR), which is not associated with Cambridge University.

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Facebook said in a blog post Friday that Cambridge Analytica received some user data through an app developer on its social network, violating its policies. "He did, however, misuse that data after he gathered it".

How did the Trump campaign come into play?

The Verge said Donald Trump's campaign hired Cambridge Analytica in June 2016 to run data operations for the campaign.

Grewal said that Facebook is very much "committed to vigorously enforcing our policies to protect people's information".

When Facebook heard about this, the thisisyourdigitallife was removed, and the company demanded that Cambridge Analytica, Kogan and Wylie destroy the data that had been collected, and provide proof that this had been done.

But several days ago, Grewal said, they received reports that not all the data was deleted.

"We will take whatever steps are required to see that the data in question is deleted once and for all - and take action against all offending parties", Grewal said in a statement Saturday. According to the Guardian, a Facebook official testified in hearings before British Parliament last month that Cambridge Analytica did not have Facebook user data.

"Why Facebook didn't, you know, make more enquiries when they started seeing that, you know, tens of millions of records were being pulled this way?"

The Observer viewed "a dossier of evidence" showing that Facebook "had found out that information had been harvested on an unprecedented scale" yet failed to alert users.

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