Facebook suspends 200 apps, review underway investigating data misuse

Facebook suspends 200 apps, review underway investigating data misuse

Facebook suspends 200 apps, review underway investigating data misuse

Back in March, the world learned that Cambridge Analytica was able to access data from up to 87 million users - the number is the latest estimate provided by Zuckerberg - and use that data to target certain groups of people during the United States presidential election. Archibong had also hinted that a team consisting of both internal and external auditors has been deployed in order to investigate all the apps which had a large number of user base.

The apps were suspended pending a thorough investigation into whether they misused any data, said Ime Archibong, Facebook's vice president of product partnerships.

In the aftermath of the scandal, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook will audit all the apps that have access to user data.

Stillwell says that Facebook was aware of the details of the myPersonality project for many years, and definitely before they changed their platform policies in 2014, when they reduced the data apps could access. Those 200 app suspensions are the result of just the first stage of Facebook's review process.


In recent months, many have wondered how many more companies like Cambridge Analytica have collected private information on Facebook users without their consent. If Facebook determines the apps did misuse data then they will be removed permanently. As CNN explained, the goal is to crack down on any kind of egregious data breach like that of election consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.

"The investigation process is in full swing, and it has two phases". The company suspended apps after going through a thorough investigation to ensure that the developers didn't abuse Facebook user's information.

Moreover, they would perform audits including on-site inspections of the apps in question. Unlike many online publications, we don't have a paywall or run banner advertising, because we want to keep our journalism open, without influence or the need to chase traffic. So it's not clear whether or not it will provide a public list of apps it bans for misusing user data - or whether banned apps will only be visible to logged in users whose personal data was specifically misused.

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