Facebook Suspends 200 Apps In Data Misuse Probe

Facebook Suspends 200 Apps In Data Misuse Probe

Facebook Suspends 200 Apps In Data Misuse Probe

Since suspending Cambridge Analytica for using an app to exploit user information almost two months ago, Facebook says it has now suspended an additional 200 more apps.

The review was prompted by claims that Cambridge Analytica, a political research consultancy linked to the 2016 Trump presidential campaign, used improperly obtained data of millions of Facebook users.

The resulting investigation is now "in full swing", in the words of Ime Archibong, a Vice President of Product Partnerships at Facebook. 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 company did not fully explain why each of the 200 apps were suspended, although Facebook said the apps' alleged mishandling of user data will be fully investigated, including in-person visits.

All apps that are found to misuse data - as Cambridge Analytica's "This Is Your Digital Life" app famously did - will be identified and shared on the "Your Info" Facebook page.

In 2014, Facebook changed its policies so developers could no longer access the information of their app users' friends.

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But as part of its mission to increase transparency, Facebook is giving us a first look at how many apps have access to a large amount of your data and how many of those misuse it.

Facebook did not immediately provide detail on which apps were suspended or how many people had used them. In a lengthy Facebook post, Zuckerberg admitted the social media network had "made mistakes" and needed to "step up" to do more to prevent a situation like the Cambridge Analytica scandal from happening again. Facebook confirmed Monday that the app was suspended April 7. In a blog posting, Archibong says the suspensions do not mean the apps misused data, only that there are grounds for a further audit.

"We are investing heavily to make sure this investigation is as thorough and timely as possible, concluded Archibong".

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says app developers who do not co-operate with the investigation will be banned.

Facebook has reportedly suspended "around 200" applications on its platform as part of an investigation into misuse of private user data.

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