The Massachusetts attorney general announced her office will investigate Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, a data analysis company hired by President Donald Trump during the 2016 election run.
Attorney General Maura Healey made the announcement Saturday on Twitter after it was revealed Cambridge Analytica allegedly tapped more than 50million Facebook profiles without the users' permission.
'Massachusetts residents deserve answers immediately from Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. We are launching an investigation,' Healey said in a tweet.
This decision comes after the social media network suspended its relationship with Cambridge Anaylitca on Friday over the claims it violated its user policy.
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said her office was going to investigate the claims made against Facebook and Cambridge Analytica
She announced Saturday on Twitter that the residents 'deserve answers immediately'
President Donald Trump's campaign used Cambridge Analytica for the 2016 election. The data analysis app is being accused of tapping into more than 50million Facebook profiles without permission from the users or the social media network
One of the largest data leaks in Facebook history allowed Cambridge Analytica, which had ties to Trump campaign strategist Steve Bannon, to develop techniques that formed the basis of its work on the Trump campaign, The New York Times and The Guardian reported.
Besides suspending Cambridge Analytica, Facebook has also suspended University of Cambridge psychology professor Aleksandr Kogan who created the app.
Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix is pictured. The company was banned from Facebook on Friday over its handling of user data
Christopher Wylie of Eunoia Technologies, a former employee of Cambridge Analytica, has also been suspended for allegedly receiving user data for the app.
Wylie, who has since turned whistleblower, admitted to helping with some of the illegitimate acquisitions of the 50million Facebook profiles and user data.
Now, Massachusetts is leading the charge stating it will investigate Facebook and Cambridge Analytica to determine if legal measures are necessary against the