Facebook recently announced that it had suspended a political consulting firm that is from Canada amid the reports from the media that it had some connections to Cambridge Analytica, the British data mining company that was alleged of improperly obtaining the information of up to 87 million users of Facebook. It was said that the data was used to affect the results of the elections in the United States of America, particularly involving the victory of US President Donald Trump.
In a statement that was issued last Saturday, Facebook, which is based in Menlo Park, California, says that AggregateIQ may have inappropriately received data from users of Facebook. Facebook says that AggregateIQ is set to lose all of its access to the social media platform
Cambridge Analytica was employed during the presidential campaign of Donald Trump. It disclosed that it had received data from 30 million users. However, it said that the firm never used it during the campaign in 2016.
Some whistleblowers say that AggregateIQ worked on the campaign for Great Britain to withdraw from the European Union.
On its website, AggregateIQ says that it is not part of Cambridge Analytica or SCLm the parent firm of the latter. It says that it did not have access to data from Facebook from Cambridge Analytica.