Facebook suspends ties with Canadas AggregateIQ

Facebook has suspended Canadian company AggregateIQ from its platform, citing concerns that the firm has links to Cambridge Analyticas parent company and had unwarranted access to user data.

Former Cambridge Analytica Director of Research Christopher Wylie — who blew the whistle on the companys possession of millions of Facebook users data — told the British Parliament that AggregateIQ helped Cambridge Analytica target British voters on behalf of the Brexit Vote Leave campaign. The data firm has denied the allegations, saying AggregateIQ did not work on the 2016 Brexit referendum “in any capacity.”

Facebook, facing enormous pressure over the scandal, said Friday it had suspended AggregateIQ pending further investigation.

“In light of recent reports that AggregateIQ may be affiliated with [Cambridge Analytica parent company] SCL and may, as a result, have improperly received FB user data, we have added them to the list of entities we have suspended from our platform while we investigate,” Reuters reported Facebook as saying.

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