Apps Suspended in Facebook's Ongoing Internal Data Misuse Investigation

Apps Suspended in Facebook's Ongoing Internal Data Misuse Investigation

Apps Suspended in Facebook's Ongoing Internal Data Misuse Investigation

The post notes that the investigation includes two phases: a review of every app that had access to a large amount of Facebook user data, and a followup period involving interviews, detailed questions, and requests for information.

Data such as phone numbers, private messages, and religious views, taken from as many as 87 million Facebook users was allegedly used to influence voters in the 2016 USA election.

The company also said that "large teams of internal and external experts" have already looked into "thousands of apps".

Archibong says Facebook plans to launch thorough investigations into each of the ~200 apps to determine if they misused user data. The update notes that if evidence is found for apps misusing user data, it will show users whether they or their friends installed those apps before 2015. The first phase, now underway, consists of Facebook employees and external experts reviewing apps to identify those which had access to an extremely large amount of user data.

The suspensions are part of an app investigation and audit that Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg promised on March 21.

Facebook has suspended about 200 apps for possible misuse of information, the company announced Monday in a blog post. The company has made its way through thousands of apps thus far, but it sounds like it still has plenty of work left to do on that front.

Facebook has not yet revealed the names of the suspended apps or the companies behind them, and is unlikely to do so unless they are banned.

The first stage of Facebook's review has seen 200 apps suspended.

200 apps is a lot of apps to be honest and it is kind of unfortunate it had to take a huge scandal like the Cambridge Analytica one to galvanize Facebook to make these moves. That developer had taken advantage of earlier Facebook APIs that, when users took part in a quiz or game, granted access not only to the individual user's data but that of their friends on the site, too.

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

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