Facebook suspends 200 apps pending further investigation

May 16, 2018, 06:21
Facebook suspends 200 apps pending further investigation

News of this breach came just hours after Facebook announced it has suspended around 200 apps as part of its investigation into apps that had access to large amounts of information on users following the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

In the case of Cambridge Analytica, which had been contracted to work for Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, Facebook says it had been assured the data the firm had obtained was deleted.

According to Facebook product partnerships vice president Ime Archibong, Facebook has a big team of internal and external experts analyzing these APPs.

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On Facebook's part, the company promised in March to conduct a full app investigation and audit, determining whether or not any apps on the platform may be misusing user data.

He added that should they fine evidence that the suspended apps or other apps did misuse data, they will banned from the social media site and they will notify users.

"We are now investigating the app, and if myPersonality refuses to cooperate or fails our audit, we will ban it". He also made clear that where we had concerns about individual apps we would audit them - and any app that either refused or failed an audit would be banned from Facebook.

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When asked during his testimony how long it would take Facebook to sift through all its apps, Zuckerberg said "months..." Before 2015, Facebook had allowed developers-games, quiz apps, calendar extensions and plenty more-to access data not only on the people who downloaded the services, but friends who had not expressly permitted such access. Taking a far more detailed look at what they might be doing with user data.

Facebook has suspended 200 apps on its platform following an investigation to which ones had access to large amounts of information. This first stage of review may have resulted in the suspension of hundreds of apps but that doesn't mean if all of them actually engaged in data misuse. Post that, in the second phase, it is being said that Facebook will also carry out the comprehensive interrogation.

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