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Facebook suspends Trump-linked data firm Cambridge Analytica

Facebook suspends Trump-linked data firm Cambridge Analytica
From Mashable - March 16, 2018

A data analytics firm linked to both Donald Trump's presidential campaign and the Brexit referendum has been banned by Facebook.

Cambridge Analytica, the British firm that claimed it helped Trump get elected, has been suspended from Facebook, the company revealed.

At issue is Cambridge Analytica's use of user data obtained by a third-party developer, a University of Cambridge professor named Dr. Aleksandr Kogan. Kogan, according to Facebook, obtained information on 270,000 Facebook users via his app, which he touted as a research experiment.

But though the app itself was apparently in line with Facebook's developer policies, what Kogan did with the data he collected was not. According to Facebook's deputy general counsel Paul Grewal, Kogan then gave the data he acquired via his app to Cambridge Analytica and another third-party company.

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