Facebook said it filed a lawsuit on Friday against Rankwave, a South Korean data analytics company, for failing to help Facebook verify that it was complying with the social network’s data policies. Facebook said it had been investigating the data practices of Rankwave, which were related to advertising and marketing services, when the South Korean company declined to cooperate with its efforts. Jessica Romero, a director of platform enforcement and litigation at Facebook, said in a post that Facebook has suspended all apps and accounts associated with Rankwave.
The lawsuit, which was filed in California state court, is a clear effort by Facebook to signal that it is more seriously policing independent Facebook developers in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. At the same time, revealing the lawsuit late Friday afternoon seems more like an effort to keep the news from getting too much attention.