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Facebook Inc. he said suspended Cambridge Analytica, a data company that has helped President Donald Trump with the 2016 elections, after learning that it is misleading for the social-media giant and a violation of its policy for dealing with data.

Facebook said Friday at the end of it given the information that Cambridge Analytica, together with the two non-working persons, improperly stored Facebook users ‘ data for the year, despite telling the social network that she had destroyed those records. Facebook did not say how Cambridge Analytica uses that data or if it gave the data for the Trump campaign.

Cambridge Analytica not immediately respond to requests for comment late Friday.

Facebook, which did not elaborate on the source of the information, said the suspension of Cambridge Analytica, the parent company of Strategic Communication Laboratories, and the two individuals from the purchase of advertising or the administration of clients on the pages while it investigates the reports.

The move back spots Facebook the role of 2016 during the presidential elections and the shortcomings in the work of the police manipulation and abuse of its platform.

Cambridge Analytica was a top supplier of Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign and has come under the microscope in special counsel Robert Mueller, is investigating the question of whether Trump associates conspired with Russia’s efforts to interfere in the AMERICAN elections. Mr. Trump has denied a collusion by his campaign with the Russians, and Moscow has denied involvement in the elections.

The Trump campaign paid Cambridge Analytica in the neighborhood of $9 million for the data, polling and research services, according to Federal Election Commission records and a person familiar with the additional payments which are not publicly disclosed, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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Facebook said that it had learned in 2015 that Aleksandr Kogan, a psychology professor at the University of Cambridge, broke the details of the policy when he shared the data of the user on the basis of his personality-prediction app, “thisisyourdigitallife,” to third parties, including Cambridge Analytica and Christopher Wylie, who runs a company with the name of Eunoia Technologies Inc.

Approximately 270,000 people have downloaded the app, which the Lord Kogan access to information, such as the cities where they lived in the content that they had hoped for, or information about their friends, Facebook Deputy General Counsel Paul Grewal wrote in a blog post.

Mr. Kogan is the collection of data is allowed at the moment, but he violated Facebook policies by sharing the information that he has compiled with outsiders. Facebook in 2015, deleted the app and demanded that he and that he shared the information with the declare that the data are destroyed, the company said.

Mr. Kogan did not immediately respond to requests for comment late Friday. Mr Wylie could not immediately be located.

A Facebook spokesperson said that the parties, including Cambridge Analytica, entered legal agreements about the removal, but Facebook could not independently verify that it came from. The company has now changed, the details of the policy so that developers will not easily be able to collect as much data as possible about the Facebook users, it said.

Facebook said he learned a few days ago that not all data are deleted.

“We are moving aggressively to determine the accuracy of these claims,” Mr. Grewal wrote Friday. “If it is true, this is an unacceptable violation of the trust and the obligations that they have entered into.”

Facebook said it already earlier similar action against other advertisers and developers, although a spokesman refused to describe examples.

Mark Zuckerberg he is the chairman and CEO of Facebook.

(Associated Press)

The Trump campaign paid Cambridge Analytica in the neighborhood of $9 million for the data, polling and research services, according to Federal Election Commission records and a person familiar with the additional payments which are not in the public.

Mr. Müller-elektronik gmbh & in the autumn prompted Cambridge Analytica to turn over the emails of its employees who worked on the Trump campaign, a sign that the special counsel is probing the campaign the details of the operation, The Wall Street Journal reported in December.

Cambridge Analytica Chief Executive Alexander Nix has said that he contacted WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange by the speaker’s office 2016 during the campaign to help organize the Hillary Clinton -related e-mails from the website planned to publish. WikiLeaks last year published, on the Clinton-related e-mails that the AMERICAN intelligence agencies later determined was stolen by Russian intelligence and given to the website. Mr Assange said he rejected Mr. Nix outreach.

Since the 2016 election, Cambridge Analytica largely has departed the American political consulting world. The FEC data show that the not have of an AMERICAN political customers, because the data company has struggled with the staff unrest and complaints from customers that the shortage in the supply of services, the promised. The company has defended its work, saying political cycles mean that the level of business fluctuates.

— Rebecca Ballhaus contributed to this article.

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