Facebook Suspends 200 Apps In Data Misuse Investigation

Facebook Suspends 200 Apps In Data Misuse Investigation

Facebook has now hinted at an answer May 14, announcing that it suspended 200 apps as it investigates whether they had misused people's data.

On Monday, Facebook announced that close to 200 apps have been suspended amidst the ongoing internal investigation that was prompted as a result of the scandal involving Cambridge Analytica into if services on the social media site had used or collected personal data of users improperly.

In a post, Ime Archibong, the company's VP of product partnerships, said that Facebook has looked into the activity of "thousands" of apps, explaining that the investigation process has two phases. Where we find evidence that these or other apps did misuse data, we will ban them and notify people via this website ["How can I tell if an app may have misused my Facebook information?"].

The investigation is one of a series of responses from Facebook following the data scandal, with new tools having also been rolled out to users to provide clearer access app permissions and privacy settings.

Amid investigations in the USA and the UK, Cambridge Analytica announced earlier this month that it is declaring bankruptcy and ceasing operations, the Associated Press reported.

Facebook is facing a class action lawsuit following the revelation that the social network was collecting data logs of messages and phone calls through its smartphone apps.

The investigation isn't the only measure Facebook has taken to protect its users.

After a third-party app mined and then sold user information, Facebook has begun cracking down on just what information those apps can use. A spokesman for Antonio Tajani, the president of the parliament, did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

Given the likely scale of data misuse by developers on its platform there is an argument for Facebook to publish a public list of suspensions.

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