Facebook has taken action against data firm Cambridge Analytica that is said to have been used by the Jubilee Party in the August 8 2017 General election.
In a statement on Friday, Facebook said that it was suspending Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL) and their political data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica, after they violated its policies.
“In 2015, we learned that a psychology professor at the University of Cambridge named Dr. Aleksandr Kogan lied to us and violated our Platform Policies by passing data from an app that was using Facebook Login to SCL/Cambridge Analytica, a firm that does political, government and military work around the globe. He also passed that data to Christopher Wylie of Eunoia Technologies, Inc,” said Facebook.
“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,” read another part of the statement.
Facebook however said that they received reports that not all data was deleted contrary to the certifications they were given, something that prompted the move to suspend the company.
“If true, this is another unacceptable violation of trust and the commitments they made. We are suspending SCL/Cambridge Analytica, Wylie and Kogan from Facebook, pending further information.” Said Facebook.
President Uhuru’s Jubilee Party is said to have contracted the services of Cambridge Analytica to manage part of its campaign.