Facebook suspends 200 apps for possible misuse of user information

The government had in end-March sent a notice to Facebook asking whether the personal data of Indian voters and users has been compromised by the UK-based Cambridge Analytica or any other downstream entity

Facebook suspends around 200 suspicious apps of “thousands investigated”

The announcement comes after Facebook was hit with a privacy scandal revealing it had collected users' data to build profiles on American voters that was used in both former-President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign.

"The investigation process is in full swing, and it has two phases", wrote Archibong. While Archibong admits that "there is a lot more work to be done" to find all potential violators of Facebook's policies, "we are investing heavily to make sure this investigation is as thorough and timely as possible".

In its first update since the company announced in March it was conducting an internal audit, the company said that the apps would be going through a complete investigation into if they misused data of users.

Facebook is suspending 200 apps that may have leaked private data on large groups of users without their consent, as it looks for potential breaches similar to the one involving Cambridge Analytica.

Thanks to the Cambridge Analytica scandal back in March, Facebook made a decision to clean house by making it easy for people to check their privacy settings and by claiming that they would do an audit on apps that have access to Facebook data. Affected users will be able to find out if they were affected by these banned apps through this Facebook site, which is the same way people could find out if their data was affected in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

As a result, CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised that it would be investigating all apps that had access to large amounts of information, prior to the change in API policy back in 2014. Before 2015, Facebook had allowed developers-games, quiz apps, calendar extensions and plenty more-to access data not only on the people who downloaded the services, but friends who had not expressly permitted such access.

The suspended apps will be screened to confirm if user data was misused. The suspended apps were, however, were not banned permanently.

What are described as the "intimate" details of some three million Facebook users was apparently accessible on a research website for four years.

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