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

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

Following the investigation launched by Mark Zuckerberg after the Cambridge Analytica scandal in March, at least 200 apps have been suspended from Facebook amidst a data privacy scandal.

That said, if Facebook's auditors do find that these apps misused user data, the company will ban them outright and notify users via this Help section article. The second phase consists of investigating each of the "suspicious" apps one by one, as described above.

Today, Facebook published an update into its investigation of certain apps.

Facebook released an online statement saying the investigations are being conducted to ascertain any contraventions by over 200 APPs that are alleged to have been misusing private data. Instead, the company merely said that it's "investing heavily to make sure this investigation is as thorough and timely as possible".

While anonymized, more than 3 million users could have been re-identified given the treasure trove of information taken from Facebook. The app collected data such as user location, friends, and interests. Users can remove apps no longer wanted.

This announcement comes prior to a hearing on Wednesday on Capitol Hill that focuses on data privacy and Cambridge Analytica. The thorough investigation will consist of interviews, requests for information and performing audits that may include on-site inspections. For example, we will remove developers' access to your data if you haven't used their app in 3 months.

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Facebook hasn't named the apps it suspended.

Several other categories see reduced access. Even when granted access, the names of the profile photos of the group members will be excluded from the data. Following publication, the social network also banned Chris Wylie, the former Cambridge Analytica contractor who blew the whistle on the firm, from using Facebook or Instagram. It also accessed a huge portion of information from the users' friends.

The Facebook CEO promised three things.

The app, myPersonality, allowed users to answer deeply probing questions about their personalities and included psychological tests.

However, big advertisers have shown growing frustration with a lack of transparency related to the metrics that are used in measuring the effectiveness of ad campaigns on digital platforms such as Google and Facebook.