Facebook has suspended 200 apps so far data misuse investigation continues

Facebook says it has suspended 200 apps for possible misuse of data

Facebook says it has suspended 200 apps for possible misuse of data

Social network Facebook has suspended nearly 200 applications for access to a large volume of personal user information.

The social network has not given a specific figure about how many apps have so far been investigated, referring only to "thousands" of apps.

"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. "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".

'There is a lot more work to be done to find all the apps that may have misused people's Facebook data - and it will take time, ' Mr Archibong said. In the case of myPersonality, New Scientist reported that between the data breach and business-as-usual information sharing, there's no feasible way to know or identify every party that has now accessed that information. Some Facebook users took a personality test within an app on the site that harvested data about them, which Cambridge Analytica then allegedly used during President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign.

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Archibong added that Facebook will be conducting interviews with and submitting requests for informations to any developers' whose apps raise concerns. While some may argue whether Facebook's ad platform and its user data policies are at odds, the company's ad revenue shows no signs that either party - advertisers or users - is going away.

The company also pointed to a website where it would notify users if their data was improperly used.

In the United States, the Federal Trade Commission is investigating whether Facebook's entanglement with Cambridge Analytica violates its 2011 settlement with the US government over another series of privacy mishaps.

Of course, all this depends on Facebook's definitions of misuse.

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