200 Apps Suspended in Facebook’s Ongoing Internal Data Misuse Investigation

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May 14, 2018
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Facebook has announced suspending over 200 apps in its ongoing internal review into apps that may have misused user data similar to Cambridge Analytica. This first stage of review may have resulted in the suspension of hundreds of apps but that doesn’t mean if all of them actually engaged in data misuse.

“The apps were suspended pending a thorough investigation into whether they misused any data, said Ime Archibong, Facebook’s vice president of product partnerships,” Reuters reported this morning. “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.”

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Apps that are being suspended are mostly those having access to large amounts of user data that was possible for apps to have before Facebook limited data access in 2014. In its second stage of the internal investigation, Facebook will try to see if any of these apps having access to large quantities of user data in fact engaged in any malpractices like data misuse.

“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,” Facebook’s Archibong added.

“We have large teams of internal and external experts working hard to investigate these apps as quickly as possible.”

This investigation was prompted by the Cambridge Analytica data misuse scandal in which a researcher managed to siphon off data of up to 87 million Facebook users. This data was then used by a British political consultancy – that has now been shut down and opened as a new company named Emerdata – to build profiles on American voters in an effort to influence the 2016 presidential election.

While this episode may have pushed some celebrities like Elon Musk to delete their Facebook accounts, the monopolistic social networking giant managed to regain market value after its founder and CEO sat through 10 hours of questioning in Washington last month.

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