Facebook hires digital forensics firm to audit Cambridge Analytica

Facebook hires digital forensics firm to audit Cambridge Analytica
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Facebook has hired a digital forensics firm to investigate Cambridge Analytica, a digital campaign firm that worked on President TrumpDonald TrumpJudge rules Alaska governor unlawfully fired lawyer who criticized Trump Giuliani led fake electors plot: CNN Giuliani associate sentenced to a year in prison in campaign finance case MORE's 2016 election bid, after reports that the company had obtained data on 50 million American users without their permission.

In a blog post Monday, Facebook said it has tapped the firm Stroz Friedberg to audit Cambridge Analytica, which has agreed to comply with the probe.

The move comes after media reports on Friday about how Cambridge Analytica obtained the data through a researcher it hired. Cambridge Analytica has said it didn’t violate any of Facebook’s policies and has since deleted the data.

“This is part of a comprehensive internal and external review that we are conducting to determine the accuracy of the claims that the Facebook data in question still exists,” the blog post reads. “If this data still exists, it would be a grave violation of Facebook’s policies and an unacceptable violation of trust and the commitments these groups made.”

Facebook announced on Friday that it was kicking Cambridge Analytica off its platform, saying it violated the data policies.

Facebook is facing a new crisis over the issue, as lawmakers and regulators demand answers from the company and why it didn’t take action against Cambridge Analytica sooner.

“We remain committed to vigorously enforcing our policies to protect people’s information,” the company wrote in Monday’s blog post.