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Facebook Suspends Boston Analytics Firm Crimson Hexagon Over Data Usage

According to the Wall Street Journal, among Crimson Hexagon's clients is a Russian nonprofit with ties to the Kremlin

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    Zuckerberg Grilled Over Cambridge Analytica Data Usage

    Sens. Bill Nelson and John Thune questioned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about why the social media platform did not inform more than 87 million users that their data had been harvested when a breach was detected.

    (Published Tuesday, April 10, 2018)

    Facebook said Friday that it has suspended Boston-based analytics firm Crimson Hexagon while it investigates how it collects and shares Facebook and Instagram's user data.

    Facebook has been facing increased scrutiny over how third-party firms use its data since news broke in March that data firm Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed user data.

    The Wall Street Journal first reported that Facebook had suspended Crimson Hexagon. The newspaper says among the firm's clients is a Russian nonprofit with ties to the Kremlin.

    "We don't allow developers to build surveillance tools using information from Facebook or Instagram," said Ime Archibong, Facebook's vice president of product partnerships. "We take these allegations seriously, and we have suspended these apps while we investigate."

    Privacy Concerns Take Center Stage at Facebook

    [NECN]Privacy Concerns Take Center Stage at Facebook

    Recent concerns over user privacy are expected to be a key focus at Facebook's annual developers conference. NBC's Jennifer Bjorklund reports.

    (Published Tuesday, May 1, 2018)

    Facebook said Friday that Crimson Hexagon is cooperating and that so far its investigation hasn't found evidence that the firm obtained Facebook or Instagram information inappropriately.

    Crimson Hexagon says on its website it has access to over one trillion consumer conversations from social media, forums, blogs and reviews.

    In a blog posting , Crimson Hexagon Chief Technology Officer Chris Bingham said the company "abides completely" by the rules social media sites including Twitter and Facebook put in place to limit the ways third-party companies can use their data.

    He said the firm only collects publicly available social media data. He contrasted that with Cambridge Analytica's use of private user data.

    Users of Crimson Hexagon's platform, which include government customers, analyze the data to understand large-scale consumer trends and preferences, Bingham wrote.

    "Government entities that leverage the Crimson Hexagon platform do so for the same reasons as many of our other non-government customers: a broad-based and aggregate understanding of the public's perception, preferences and sentiment about matters of concern to them," he wrote.

    Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    [NATL] Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    A would-be robber armed with a knife had a surprise in store when an Alabama store clerk pulled out a machete in defense. The two's brief knife fight was caught on camera before the clerk runs out to damage the robber's car.

    According to police, suspect Seth Holcomb walked up to the counter to make a purchase. He leaves the store and then comes back in as if to make a second purchase. Then, he pulled out a knife at the counter. What he didn't expect was that the clerk would pull out a machete of his own.

    (Published 2 hours ago)

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