Facebook suspends around 200 apps in privacy audit

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

Facebook has suspended 200 apps as it investigates misuse of data

Facebook has suspended around 200 apps as part of the internal investigation prompted by data misuse by Cambridge Analytica ... Ime Archibong, Facebook's VP of product partnerships is quoted as saying: "There is a lot of work to be done to find all the apps that may have misused people's Facebook data".

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. First off, Facebook has to figure out which apps actually had access to large quantities of user data. Now, almost two months later, the social network is giving us an update on that process.

Cambridge Analytica, a British data analytics firm that worked for President Donald Trump's campaigned, may have misused the personal data of 87 million Facebook users. Thousands of different apps have gone through investigations thus far, and Facebook said that any app refusing to be cooperative or that failed the system's audit would be banned.

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

The company is in the middle of a data breach storm caused by the news that it allowed irresponsible data sharing with Cambridge Analytica resulted is suspensions of companies such as AggregateIQ and Cubeyou.

Apps that access information from Pages, which are often used for tasks like scheduling posts and responding to messages and comments, will need Facebook's approval.

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After a third-party app mined and then sold user information, Facebook has begun cracking down on just what information those apps can use.

Of course, all this depends on Facebook's definitions of misuse.

Per Facebook's platform policy for app developers like myPersonality, parties are supposed to "Delete all of a person's data you have received from us (including friend data) if that person asks you to, unless you are required to keep it by law, regulation, or separate agreement with us".

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