Troubled social media giants Facebook has announced that it has also suspended Canadian data firm Aggregate IQ.
In a statement to The Guardian, Facebook said “In light of recent reports that AggregateIQ may be affiliated with (CA 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.”
Former CA employee Christopher Wylie claimed that he helped set up the company and that it received a payment from the Vote Leave campaign in a way that exceeded spending limits.
The banning of Aggregate IQ is coming at a time when the Australian government confirmed it will open an official investigation into the Facebook data scandal that saw data from 87 million Facebook user accounts shared with Cambridge Analytica.
While the majority of users affected by the Cambridge Analytica fiasco were based in the US, Australia was the 10th worst country hit, according to figures released Thursday by Facebook.
It’s the latest revelation in what has been a tough month for Facebook, after it was revealed data from millions of Facebook users was improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica, a digital consultancy with ties to the Trump presidential campaign.
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