Facebook suspends around 200 apps in data misuse investigation

Facebook suspends around 200 apps in data misuse investigation

Your Facebook profile may have been raided by another 200 apps that misused or even sold your personal information, the social media giant revealed in the ongoing fallout from its largest data scandal to date.

According to Facebook product partnerships vice president Ime Archibong, Facebook has a big team of internal and external experts analyzing these APPs. Facebook promised to scrutinize app developers after admitting to the inappropriate sharing of data on up to 87 million people with Cambridge Analytica, the third-party data firm accused of employing underhanded tactics to shape politics in the US and United Kingdom.

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.

New Scientist has the scoop and reports that personality quiz app "myPersonality", developed by Cambridge University academics, distributed user responses to researchers at companies including Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo using an unsecured website.

The first phase in the investigation is a comprehensive review to identify every app that had access to a large amounts of users' Facebook data. An investigation would likely yield more incidents, and that's what we are seeing now.

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Facebook's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg along with several other executives from the company has assured the users that stealing information from apps will be completely blocked from the platform. This applies primarily to apps created before Facebook's data policies were changed in 2014. As it goes through them, when concerns are flagged the company will conduct interviews and request more information about the details the app has access to and possibly perform on-site inspections of those app providers.

The Cambridge Analytica scandal rocked Facebook to its core, resulting in Zuckerberg making numerous apologies and testifying before House and Senate committees. Affected users will be notified via a website that shows whether they or their friends installed the app in question.

"We are investing heavily to make sure this investigation is as thorough and timely as possible, concluded Archibong".

Archibong does state that "there is a lot more work to be done" and that Facebook will keep you updated on any progress.

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