Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Finance | By Claude Patterson

Facebook suspends 200 apps as part of Cambridge Analytica cleanup

Facebook suspends 200 apps as part of Cambridge Analytica cleanup

This investigation started with the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which revealed just how easily app developers could gather information about Facebook users and their friends.

There are internal and external experts who conduct both on-site and off-site inspections of 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 USA and United Kingdom.

Archibong said thousands of apps have been investigated and the 200 apps that have been suspended could be banned if it finds evidence they had misused data.

But as part of its mission to increase transparency, Facebook is giving us a first look at how many apps have access to a large amount of your data and how many of those misuse it.

The company is examining apps that had access to user data before the platform's policies changed in 2014, reducing the information they could access. Now, almost two months later, the social network is giving us an update on that process. If Facebook determines the apps did misuse data then they will be removed permanently. So we will likely continue to hear about the many ways Facebook screwed up, but with as little transparency about specifics as possible. This was a similar measure it took for Cambridge Analytica.

It has emerged that another app called myPersonality had also been collecting data, and the personal information of as many as 3m users who installed it on their Facebook profile may have been exposed.

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. In response to the data breach, Facebook has lost billions of dollars in market value. This gave Cambridge access to tens of millions of voters' data.

Today Facebook announced that after auditing "thousands of apps", it found and suspended "around 200" that were suspicious.

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

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