By John D. McKinnon
WASHINGTON — The Federal Trade Commission is probing Facebook Inc. over the use of personal data by an analytics firm tied to President Donald Trump’s campaign, a person familiar with the matter said.
The FTC is looking into whether Facebook /zigman2/quotes/205064656/composite FB +0.62% violated terms of an earlier consent decree when data of up to 50 million of its users was transferred to Cambridge Analytica, this person said.
However, a person close to Facebook said that the agency’s probe at this point doesn’t appear to be a formal investigation, and the company is expecting to receive a letter from the FTC with questions.
“We remain strongly committed to protecting people’s information,” said Rob Sherman, Facebook’s deputy chief privacy officer, in a statement. “We appreciate the opportunity to answer questions the FTC may have.”