Facebook has now suspended the Boston-based data analytics company Crimson Hexagon. This is for concerns that it harvested users’ data.
Crimson Hexagon has frequently collected more than 1 trillion public social media posts from leading social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr and other online sources.
The company collects public Facebook data for third-party clients.
According to The Wall Street Journal report, It was co-founded by Harvard professor Gary King in 2007 who now leads Facebook’s independent research initiative titled ‘Social Science One’ which is focused on preventing election interference.
Facebook’s Vice President of Product Partnerships, Ime Archibong, said in a statement.”We are investigating the claims about Crimson Hexagon to see if they violated any of our policies”.
Facebook said the firm didn’t inappropriately obtain any Facebook or Instagram user data. It said using the data for surveillance is a violation of the Facebook’s policies.
“We may also be notified of such incidents or activity via the media or other third parties,” Facebook said.
In the replay, Crimson Hexagon’s Chief Technology Officer Chris Bingham said in a blog post that “We do not collect private data from social media providers or anyone else”.
“Crimson Hexagon only allows government customers to use the platform for specific approved use cases, and under no circumstances is surveillance a permitted use case”.
Bingham said, their company uses technologies including Artificial Intelligence (AI) to help clients get insights and shape marketing campaigns and develop new products.
Facebook warned investors that there may be more this type of data breaches in the future.