Facebook suspends around 200 apps over potential data misuse

Posted May 14, 2018

And the company has suspended around 200 apps as a part of its ongoing audits to weed out the third party apps that may have misused any user information.

As reported by Reuters, so far Facebook has looked into thousands of apps, and naturally it is quite a time consuming process. The update claims that Facebook has investigated thousands of apps hosted on the site and has suspended about 200 of them.

Facebook will be posting the results of its audit on a support page, though only in cases where it finds apps that have misused data.

Facebook has previously set up a website which automatically reveals to users (if they're logged in) whether Cambridge Analtyica may have accessed you or your friends' data.

Facebook chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg announced the investigation on March 21 and said the social network will investigate all apps that had access to large amounts of information before the company reduced data access in 2014.

Giving an update on the app audit process in a blog post, Ime Archibong, Facebook's VP of product partnerships, writes that the investigation is "in full swing".

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Cambridge Analytica was found to have allegedly received a huge cache of Facebook user data from a third-party app developer.

The investigation was sparked by revelations that data firm Cambridge Analytica could've accessed and misused user data tied to more than 87 million Facebook profiles.

He further stated that Facebook has large teams of internal and external experts working through apps that need investigating as quickly as possible.

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Facebook did not provide any additional details as to which of the apps had been suspended, how many users had used the apps or what was the reason that led Facebook to suspect that those apps had been misused. (Stillwell's Cambridge email has been taken down and he did not immediately respond to The Outline's request for comment on Facebook).