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Facebook has suspended Boston-based data startup Crimson Hexagon over concerns about how the firm used public Facebook data, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Crimson Hexagon, which provides analysis of social media data to a range of corporations and government agencies, has lost access to Facebook and Instagram data while the social media giant investigates the company’s appropriation and use of data. Its customers, the Journal reported, have included the Department of Homeland Security, the State Department, and “a Russian nonprofit with ties to the Kremlin.”
While Facebook said it has no information about its developers’ contracts with clients, building surveillance tools with Facebook data is a violation of the company’s policies.
“We are investigating the claims about Crimson Hexagon to see if they violated any of our policies,” Ime Archibong, Facebook’s vice president of product partnerships, said in a statement. According to its investigation so far, Facebook said the startup didn’t inappropriately obtain any user data.
A spokesperson for Crimson Hexagon did not immediately respond to a request for comment. “We do not collect private data from social media providers or anyone else,” Crimson Hexagon’s chief technology officer, Chris Bingham, told the Journal.
The suspension comes at a difficult time for Facebook and raises new questions about its effort to reform its data and privacy practices in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Gary King, the co-founder and board chairman of Crimson Hexagon, is also the co-founder and leader of Social Science One, a newly launched Facebook initiative that provides the company’s data to researchers in order to better understand, for instance, the platform’s impact on elections.
King said last week that the project’s researchers will have access to a “privacy-protected” petabyte of Facebook data.
“The data collected by private companies has vast potential to help social scientists understand and solve society’s greatest challenges. But until now that data has typically been unavailable for academic research,” said King in a blog post announcing the initiative last week. “Social Science One has established an ethical structure for marshaling privacy preserving industry data for the greater social good while ensuring full academic publishing freedom.”
King told the Journal that he has no involvement in Crimson Hexagon’s day-to-day operations. He did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The company, which boasts what it says is one of the world’s largest sets of unstructured social media data, uses artificial intelligence to help brands and other clients derive insights from online conversation, helping to shape marketing campaigns or to develop new products and markets. It has raised more than $33 million.
Last year, Facebook said it had “taken enforcement action” against Geofeedia, a social media-scanning service used by government and law enforcement, after the ACLU reported on the ways it was being marketed to target protesters and activists. At that time, the social network also added language to its Platform Policy that specifically prohibited developers from using Facebook data “to provide tools that are used for surveillance.