Facebook has suspended 200 apps as it investigates misuse of data

Facebook has suspended 200 apps as it investigates misuse of data

The company will ban any apps if it finds they misused Facebook users' data, and will notify users (at this link) if they or their friends had installed those apps, according to Archibong. Facebook offered an update on that investigation today, and the company said that of the thousands of apps it has looked into, "around 200" have been suspended while they await further review.

The suspensions are part of an app investigation and audit that Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg promised on March 21.

The company was investigating all apps that had access to large amounts of data, before introducing changes in Facebook's policies in 2014 - which had restricted data access.

The revelations over the misuse of data by Cambridge Analytica have prompted investigations and Facebook had to strengthen its policies on how the personal data is accessed and shared. Archibong said the company has large teams of internal and external experts. But apparently, per the scope of the investigation, thousands of apps could have used this tactic before that point.

When asked during his testimony how long it would take Facebook to sift through all its apps, Zuckerberg said "months..." 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.

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Facebook stressed that the app developer who sold data to Cambridge Analytica did not have the right to do so, adding that the move was in violation of Facebook's terms of service agreement. This leak provides access to the "Big Five" personality scores of over millions of Facebook users whose identities could be rapidly revealed through an automated process.

Alexandr Kogan, at the centre of the British political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica scandal, was previously part of the project. Facebook also will ban apps if their developers refuse to participate in an audit.

"We suspended the myPersonality app nearly a month ago because we believe that it may have violated Facebook's policies", Archibong said Monday in response to an AFP inquiry.

The third point was to make sure users understand which apps are allowed to access their data.

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