Facebook suspends 200 apps, review underway investigating data misuse

by Lawrence Cooper May 16, 2018, 8:02
Facebook suspends 200 apps, review underway investigating data misuse

Now, the firm's VP of Product Partnerships, Ime Archibong, has posted an update on the situation claiming that the investigation "is in full swing". There are internal and external experts who conduct both on-site and off-site inspections of apps.

The roughly 200 suspended apps will now be subjected to a thorough investigation into whether they misused user data.

Facebook discovered the potentially dodgy applications as part of an "investigation and audit" created to unearth apps like the personality testing app that harvested information from users and sold it to political data firm Cambridge Analytica.

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.

According to Archibong, "thousands of apps have been investigated and around 200 have been suspended" thus far.

Thousands of apps have already been screened, and around 200 apps have already been suspended for either rejecting the RFI or violating data access policies.

He said all apps found misusing user data -similar to Cambridge Analytica- will be listed on this Facebook Help page.

Facebook has not yet revealed the names of the suspended apps or the companies behind them, and is unlikely to do so unless they are banned. The second phase consists of investigating each of the "suspicious" apps one by one, as described above.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised users - and Congress - that the company would audit all the apps that may have collected user information under Facebook's old policy of letting developers access the data of app users' friends.

He pledged that every app receiving information from Facebook would be audited and that all the apps that either refused or failed the audit would be permanently banned.

"We are investing heavily to make sure this investigation is as thorough and timely as possible, concluded Archibong". In the case of Cambridge Analytica, Facebook was wielded as a political weapon, a situation that the social network will be hoping to avoid in the future.

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