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


Social networking service, Facebook has reportedly suspended an estimated 200 apps ob its platform as part of an investigation into misuse of private user data. Facebook announced that it suspended roughly 200 apps that potentially misuse users' data.

A report from New Scientist finds that the myPersonality app had collected and shared the personal information for as many as three million users who had installed the app on their Facebook profile.

First, Facebook performs a "comprehensive review" to identify every app that has access to a large amount of user data.

The company's CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised the investigation as one of a number of measures put in place to handle the scandal. 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.

The move is part of an audit run by the company to examine how many third-party apps had extensive access to user information, and how many used that data inappropriately.

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

Although Facebook doesn't say it, presumably those onsite inspections would be with the permission of the app developer, with a denied request likely to be followed by a permanent app ban. 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. And the above mentioned 200 apps are pending a "thorough investigation" that would determine whether their developers have misused user data or not.

"We are investing heavily to make sure this investigation is as thorough and timely as possible". An investigation would likely yield more incidents, and that's what we are seeing now.

The audit was launched in mid-March shortly after the Observer and New York Times broke the news of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. In the next month, we will show everyone a tool at the top of your News Feed with the apps you've used and an easy way to revoke those apps' permissions to your data.