Facebook suspends 200 apps pending further investigation

Facebook says it has suspended 200 apps for possible misuse of data

In recent months, many have wondered how many more companies like Cambridge Analytica have collected private information on Facebook users without their consent.

What's next: Archibong says the next step in the auditing process is to investigate the suspended apps.

Facebook users who took part in the app developer's quiz, entitled "This is Your Digital Life", gave the app developer access to their Facebook data, and the data belonging to their Facebook friends, most of whom were unaware of that fact.

Last night (14 May), Facebook announced that it has suspended 200 apps pending a "thorough investigation" into whether or not they misused Facebook user data. The update notes that if evidence is found for apps misusing user data, it will show users whether they or their friends installed those apps before 2015. The second phase consists of investigating each of the "suspicious" apps one by one, as described above. There, you'll be able to see which apps you now allow to access your Facebook data - as well as which apps you've removed and apps that formerly had access to your data - and can then revoke privileges accordingly. Francesca De Quesada Covey also weighed in on the Cambridge Analytica scandal, saying Facebook takes user privacy seriously.

Today, Facebook announced it had suspended 200 apps for possible data "misuse".




The company said it would ban any app that failed or refused to cooperate with the audit.

The report notes that the app, developed by Cambridge University researchers, had advertised its data sharing as being anonymous, but poor security meant the profiles could be de-anonymized.

In 2016, Facebook believed CA when it said that it had deleted the data it had stored, only to find out the truth in 2018 after a whistleblower came forward.

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. Instead, the company merely said that it's "investing heavily to make sure this investigation is as thorough and timely as possible".

Although Facebook doesn't say it, presumably those onsite inspections would be with the permission of the app developer, with a denied request likely to be followed by a permanent app ban.

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