Weeks after the suspension of the British data firm Cambridge Analytica, Facebook prevented the Canadian data firm AggregateIQ from using its platform, according to National Observer, awaiting an investigation after reporting that it connected them in the middle of the current privacy scandal that It shook the social networking company.
In a statement to the National Observer, a Facebook spokesperson says that the company has been suspended from the platform "in the light of recent reports that AggregateIQ may be affiliated with SCL and, as a result, has incorrectly received (Facebook) data from users. " while Facebook conducts an investigation.
We have communicated with AggregateIQ and Facebook, and will update if we receive a response.
In March, the Cambridge Analytica whistlerblower, Chris Wylie, involved the company during a testimony before a parliamentary committee, saying that the company had collaborated and used information from Cambridge Analytica during the British Leave campaign and that it could have helped the campaigns to bypass the limits of political spending. On its website, AggregateIQ describes itself as a "digital advertising, web development and software company based in Canada." It also says that "it has never been and is not part of Cambridge Analytica", or its parent company, SCL. The company also states that it has never administered or had access to the information used by Cambridge Analytica.
Last year, The Guardian reported that both Cambridge Analytica and AggregateIQ were connected to a couple of campaigns advocating for Britain to leave the European Union, and that they had a "close working relationship".
Facebook has been shaken by the revelations that tens of millions of its users may have obtained and used their information incorrectly by the UK company, after a series of reports in both The Guardian and The New York Times. He has faced intense public criticism over lax controls over the data obtained from his platform, and has caused CEO Mark Zuckerberg to apologize and testify before Congress next week.