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Facebook Investigates Data Firm Crimson Hexagon

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Facebook said it had found no evidence data was improperly obtained - but would suspend Crimson Hexagon while it investigated

Facebook has suspended a US-based analytics firm while it investigates concerns about the collection and sharing of user data.

Crimson Hexagon, based in Boston, describes itself as offering “consumer insights” and has contracts with government agencies around the world.

Facebook said it was looking into whether some of these deals were in violation of its policies on surveillance.

The network said it had not found any evidence so far that data had been improperly obtained.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Crimson Hexagon has "contracts to analyse public Facebook data for clients including a Russian nonprofit with ties to the Kremlin and multiple US government agencies”.

In March 2017, Facebook prohibited user data being used for government surveillance following pressure from civil liberties groups...(continued)

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