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

Marsha Scott
May 16, 2018

In a blog post, the social media giant said that it has investigated thousands of apps after it emerged that Cambridge Analytica had harvested information about 87 million users without their knowledge.

Facebook says the entire process consists of two phases.

Facebook has suspended 200 apps and is looking into whether they misused data, the company said Monday in an update about the audit it promised to conduct after its big privacy scandal.

Facebook discovered the potentially dodgy applications as part of an "investigation and audit" created to unearth apps like the personality testing app that harvested information from users and sold it to political data firm Cambridge Analytica. In 2014, Facebook changed its policies to block apps from acquiring users' friends' data unless their friends had independently authorized the app. Just like how they did with Cambridge Analytica, this website will show people if them or their friends installed an app that misused data before the year 2015. First, a "comprehensive" review is being conducted to identify every app that had access to large amounts of Facebook data.

Facebook has suspended 200 apps on its platform following an investigation to which ones had access to large amounts of information. If an app sticks out as potentially more nefarious than the rest, it'll get audited-with a failure to cooperate resulting in its banishment from Facebook.

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The suspended apps face a "thorough investigation" into their activities.

One question around all of this is whether Facebook will publicly publish a list of suspended apps. If Facebook determines that the apps did misuse user data, the apps will be banned from the service and impacted users would be notified. This leak provides access to the "Big Five" personality scores of over millions of Facebook users whose identities could be rapidly revealed through an automated process.

"We are now investigating the app, and if myPersonality refuses to cooperate or fails our audit, we will ban it".

"We are investing heavily to make sure this investigation is as thorough and timely as possible, concluded Archibong".

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