Facebook suspends Cambridge Analytica, data firm tied to Trump campaign

Attorney General Maura Healey

Attorney General Maura Healey

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey posted a link to the New York Times article on Twitter, saying: "Massachusetts residents deserve answers immediately from Facebook and Cambridge Analytica".

SCL/Cambridge Analytica is a firm that does political, government and military work around the globe, Grewal said.

The British probe is part of a broader inquiry into how political parties, data companies and social media platforms use personal information to target voters during political campaigns, including Britain's 2016 Brexit referendum on European Union membership.

The newspapers, which cited former Cambridge Analytica employees, associates and documents, said the data breach was one of the largest in the history of Facebook Inc (FB.O).

According to Wylie, a whistleblower who detailed the illegal data use, saying the information was used in 2014 to profile individual United States voters who were then served Donald Trump ads during the election.

The data firm which helped Trump to win, has come under strict scrutiny in the probe into Russian election interference. The app, "thisisyourdigitallife", offered a personality prediction, and billed itself on Facebook as "a research app used by psychologists". The revelation underscores the power of social media networks and the unexpected ways in which technology companies can use data that users voluntarily give up.

Grewal said that Facebook is very much "committed to vigorously enforcing our policies to protect people's information". When we learned of this violation in 2015, we removed his app from Facebook and demanded certifications from Kogan and all parties he had given data to that the information had been destroyed. In its press release, Facebook blamed everything on how it was lied to by a researcher and takes no charge of its policies that allowed such behavior or says anything about why the affected users weren't informed.

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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.

Cambridge Analytica is largely owned by the wealthy, secretive and deeply conservative Robert Mercer, a major Trump supporter, according to U.S. media reports.

Facebook in its statement described a rocky relationship with Cambridge Analytica, Kogan and Wylie going back to 2015.

Facebook issued a statement Saturday underscoring that its policies now prevent a repeat of what Kogan and Cambridge Analytica did.

In a statement, a Cambridge Analytica spokesperson denied any wrongdoing. "That was the basis that the entire company was built on".

Cambridge Analytica worked for the failed presidential campaign of US Senator Ted Cruz and then for the presidential campaign of Donald Trump. Kogan and Wylie have been suspended from Facebook along with SCL and Cambridge Analytica. According to the Guardian, a Facebook official testified in hearings before British Parliament last month that Cambridge Analytica did not have Facebook user data.

Grewal said Facebook was told the data had not been deleted "several days ago, [and] we are moving aggressively to determine the accuracy of these claims". Billionaire Republican donors Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebecca - who own a portion of Cambridge Analytica - put Bannon in contact with the founder of the method, Cambridge University academic Aleksandr Kogan, ITN Channel 4 News.

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