Facebook goes after apps that access its users' data, suspends 200

Facebook goes after apps that access its users' data, suspends 200

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Facebook product partnerships Vice President Ime Archibong said in an online statement the investigation process is in full swing.

The social media company said that teams of external and internal experts would hold interviews and lead inspections on-site of the apps during its audit.

Facebook said it has looked into thousands of apps till date as part of an investigation that Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg announced on March 21.

After reviewing thousands of apps by its own estimation, Facebook has suspended 200 which might have misused the data they had access to.

Appearing before the US Congress in April, Zuckerberg told lawmakers that his own personal data was part of 87 million Facebook users that was improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica.

The apps in question pertain to usage before 2014, when the company adjusted its platform policy to reduce the volumes of data app developers could access. The quiz app was used by millions prior to being suspended. 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.

Following the recent Cambridge Analytica data scandal and criticism, Facebook is slowly attempting to clean up its act.

The suspended apps will be screened to confirm if user data was misused.

From the sound of it, Facebook is close to completing the first phase of its audit; which is identifying any apps that raise suspicions about the handling of user data.

In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data fiasco, there were a ton of complaints that Facebook, Inc.

Facebook last month suspended "myPersonality" from its platform, saying the app may have violated its policies. At present, therefore, that only has details on the "This Is Your Digital Life" test, the app from which data eventually made its way to Cambridge Analytica.

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

  • Terrell Bush