Facebook suspends 200 apps as part of data misuse probe

by Garry Watts May 16, 2018, 6:23
Facebook suspends 200 apps as part of data misuse probe

Facebook has suspended roughly 200 apps amid an ongoing investigation prompted by the Cambridge Analytica scandal into whether services on the site had improperly used or collected users' personal data.

The Washington Post reports the personality quiz app, myPersonality, was suspended last month and is undergoing investigation. myPersonality was initiated by researchers at the University of Cambridge to accumulate information on Facebook users to better inform academic research.

Archinbong further assures the users that the investigation process is in full swing at the moment and also gave information about the two phases of probes.

Thousands of apps have already been investigated by internal and external experts.

All apps that are found to misuse data - as Cambridge Analytica's "This Is Your Digital Life" app famously did - will be identified and shared on the "Your Info" Facebook page.

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Though Facebook suspects the roughly 200 apps of violating its policies by using Facebook data for purposes beyond app experience and functionality, the company told CBS News it will not release a list of those apps. In light of that, Mark Zuckerberg promised Facebook would review all existing apps with access to large amounts of data to see if there was any "suspicious activity".

"We suspended the myPersonality app nearly a month ago because we believe that it may have violated Facebook's policies", Archibong said Monday in response to an AFP inquiry. Information Commissioner's Office, a United Kingdom data watchdog group, is investigating the incident.

Facebook has suspended about 200 apps for possible misuse of information, the company announced Monday in a blog post.

On March 21, Zuckerberg announced that the company would examine how thousands of apps created by other companies used the data of Facebook users. Facebook will continue updating users on its progress against data privacy violations over the weeks until the audit process is complete for all apps. Facebook did not immediately respond to a Gizmodo request for clarity on how much data access was raising suspicion in this investigation.

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

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