Facebook has disabled dozens of accounts and profiles belonging to Russian database provider SocialDataHub for what it termed the unauthorised collection of user information, the social media giant said on Thursday.
"As part of our efforts to protect people's security, we have recently removed SocialDataHub's accounts... because they were scraping people's information," it said.
Russian businessman Artur Khachuyan, who set up SocialDataHub in 2015, told Reuters that the company had not violated any laws or Facebook's rules. He said it had received a complaint from Facebook and was drawing up an official response.
The Facebook complaint seen by Reuters claims SocialDataHub and Fubutech, a company also set up by Khachuyan, are amongst other things providing state services with the means to identify people by analysing social media users' photographs.
It also requested information about the parties to whom SocialDataHub had sold or handed out data. (Reporting by Maria Kolomychenko; Writing by Tom Balmforth and Polina Devitt; Editing by Jan Harvey)
(With inputs from agencies.)