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

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

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

"To date thousands of apps have been investigated and around 200 have been suspended", Ime Archibong, VP of Product Partnerships at Facebook confirmed today, "pending a thorough investigation into whether they did in fact misuse any data".

Facebook's investigation is divided into two stages: first, a comprehensive review of any app that had access to "large amounts of information". I've been working to understand exactly what happened and how to make sure this doesn't happen again. So far, the team has found 200 potential apps that have leaked confidential data.

As the Cambridge Analytica scandal keeps creeping down on Facebook like a mudslide, the company has been trying to preemptively oust the other skeletons in its closet with app audits. The social media giant takes a step further by allowing moderators read your conversations manually if it violates it community guidelines.

Communications firms Cambridge Analytica has offices in London, New York, Washington, as well as Brazil and Malaysia. The myPersonality database served as the inspiration for the app built by Aleksandr Kogan, which is at the center of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

To set users' anxious minds at ease after news of the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke, Facebook released a handy-dandy "did you get screwed by us?" tool meant to notify you if a third party "bad actor" abused your data. Cambridge Analytics allegedly attained the information through building a personality test.

Users who have been affected will be informed through the Your Info page on Facebook Help. The resulting controversy resulted in Zuckerberg testifying before two US congressional hearings and Cambridge Analytica closing its doors. On April 11, Zuckerberg revealed to the Congress that Cambridge Analytica stole his data. It also focused attention on major technology companies and what they do with users' data. He added that the social media company had to improve identifying fake news and hate speech.

We also don't know what criteria Facebook will use to determine whether a company is in violation of its policies, or how extensive each individual examination will be.