Facebook Suspends 200 Apps In Data Misuse Investigation

Facebook suspends 200 apps in post Cambridge Analytica clean-up

Archibong says Facebook plans to launch thorough investigations into each of the ~200 apps to determine if they misused user data. That's the tactic that allowed Cambridge Analytica to have access to the data of "up to" 87 million people, thanks to 270,000 people who signed up for the app.

The move comes as the social network conducts an audit of apps that might have mishandled Facebook user data before the company changed its data-access policy several years ago.

Announcing the investigation in March, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that any developers who failed or refused to comply with the audit would be banned from the platform.

One of those apps to exploit Facebook's earlier, more open data-sharing policy was a personality quiz app called "This is your digital life" made by University of Cambridge lecturer Aleksandr Kogan and deployed in 2013. To date, thousands of apps have been investigated and around 200 have been suspended, although that doesn't mean anything for the time being.

The move is part of an audit run by the company to examine how many third-party apps had extensive access to user information, and how many used that data inappropriately. Go to your Facebook Settings, and click Apps and Websites.

Thousands of apps have already been investigated by internal and external experts.

And as for future apps found to violate Facebook's terms, the firm "will ban them and notify people via this website".

Facebook has suspended about 200 apps for possible misuse of information, the company announced Monday in a blog post.

The social media giant Facebook is trying to get back on track following the infamous Cambridge Analytica scandal that had affected the company.

The investigation net has been cast beyond Cambridge Analytica which allegedly exploited Facebook data vulnerabilities to farm user data.

"We are investing heavily to make sure this investigation is as thorough and timely as possible", he adds. An investigation would likely yield more incidents, and that's what we are seeing now.

Archibong said in a statement, "We suspended the myPersonality app nearly a month ago because we believe that it may have violated Facebook's policies".

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