Facebook suspends Cambridge Analytica

Facebook has suspended Cambridge Analytica

Wylie also commented on the implications of this practice could have for the future. Facebook says its policies allow collection of friends' data to improve user experience in the app, but developers are barred from selling it or using it for advertisement.

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

Similar stories based on the same reporting project also appeared in the New York Times and the Observer of London.

Facebook did not mention the Trump campaign or any other campaigns in its statement.

Andrew Bosworth, a Facebook vice-president, said the suspension means Cambridge Analytica and SCL can not buy ads on the world's largest social media network or administer pages belonging to clients. "They want to fight a culture war in America", he continued.

"We have suspended Cambridge Analytica from our platform for a clear violation of our policies".

In September a year ago, former United States presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called Kenya's annulled presidential election "a project" of Cambridge Analytica. The Guardian reports that the company also tried to warn reporters for making "false and defamatory" allegations. The NYT reports seeing copies of the data harvested for Cambridge Analytica that can still be found online.

"Whenever you go and you like something you are giving me a clue as to who you are as a person", Wylie said.

The final section of Grewal's post has enumerated measures to improve the profile experience and account the safety of all the Facebook users. It was billed on Facebook as "a research app used by psychologists".

The Observer said the data was collected through an app called thisisyourdigitallife, built by academic Aleksandr Kogan, separately from his work at Cambridge University.

"Kogan didn't make any money off of it, he didn't", Wylie said.

Get Data Sheet, Fortune's technology newsletter. "But Cambridge Analytica paid for it directly". According to Facebook, Cambridge Analytica claimed to have complied, but Facebook says it became aware this week that "not all data was deleted". Facebook was informed that not all the data was deleted as previously thought.

Cambridge Analytica was bankrolled to the tune of US$15 million by USA hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer, a major Republican donor. The company told NBC News mere days before the 2016 election that it held data on 230 million American adults with approximately 4,000 "data points" on each of them.

The Jubilee Party has never accepted or denied the use of the firm.

Robert Mueller, who is a Special Counsel, reportedly requested all emails from the people working at the firm, who worked with the Trump campaign, and Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix is reportedly interviewed with the House Intelligence committee. About 270,000 people downloaded the app and gave Kogan access to their data, like city and content they had liked.

Facebook, according to Grewal, after discovering the violation in 2015, demanded the Cambridge Analytica certify about the data that it has been destroyed which they recieved, and that the company has done so.

Speaking to US National Public Radio host Terry Gross on NPR's Fresh Air on Monday, Clinton said she was probing what happened with Kenya's presidential election and why the Supreme Court invalided it.

Cambridge Analytica has also not issued any official statement regarding the suspension from Facebook.

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