Facebook-linked Cambridge Analytica files for bankruptcy in U.S.

PHOTO: Christopher Wylie appears as a witness before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee of members of the British parliament at the Houses of Parliament in central London on March 27, 2018.PlayPRU via AFP/Getty Images
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Cambridge Analytica, the data firm accused of violating U.S. election laws and misusing the Facebook data of tens of millions of users, has followed through on its plan to file for bankruptcy in the U.S.

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The firm announced more than two weeks ago it would be shutting down, saying in a May 2 statement:

"Over the past several months, Cambridge Analytica has been the subject of numerous unfounded accusations and, despite the Company's efforts to correct the record, has been vilified for activities that are not only legal, but also widely accepted as a standard component of online advertising in both the political and commercial arenas."

Court documents show that Cambridge Analytica LLC, the company's American arm, filed on Thursday in New York's Southern District.