Facebook suspends 200 apps amid data misuse investigation

  • Facebook suspends 200 apps amid data misuse investigation

Facebook suspends 200 apps amid data misuse investigation

"The investigation process is in full swing, and it has two phases", noted Ime Archibong, VP of product partnerships at Facebook, in a blog post.

Company CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced in late March that Facebook would restrict the amount of data apps have access to while investigating how these apps used the data before the restrictions were enacted.

The incident also bears striking similarities to the Cambridge Analytica situation, in which more than 50 million Facebook users' data was scraped and sold without their knowledge. Archibong said the company has large teams of internal and external experts.

Facebook did not immediately provide detail on which apps were suspended or how many people had used them.

It won't name names (yet), but Facebook has suspended 200 apps suspected of abusing its data policies.

Those suspended apps have had their access revoked pending a thorough investigation into whether "they did in fact misuse any data".

Welp, it looks like another quiz app may have exposed millions of Facebook users' personal data.

Cambridge Analytica is shutting down after the Facebook brouhaha, but the people behind it - such as wealthy Republican donor Robert Mercer - are reportedly already creating a new company.

In 2016, Facebook believed CA when it said that it had deleted the data it had stored, only to find out the truth in 2018 after a whistleblower came forward.

To date, Facebook says it has so investigated thousands of apps. So far, This Is Your Digital Life - a quiz that Cambridge Analytica abused to harvest user data - is the only app now listed on that tool; at the time of writing, it hasn't been updated to include the most recent 200 apps.

The data centred around private parts of the users' personality and was so poorly guarded finding the user connected to the data would not have been hard. When concerns arise, Facebook plans to conduct interviews, request information from the apps "and perform audits that may include on-site inspections", Archibong wrote. Facebook confirmed Monday that the app was suspended April 7.

Third, we want to make sure you understand which apps you've allowed to access your data.