Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Money | By Bruce West

Facebook suspends 200 apps as it investigates potential data misuse

Facebook suspends 200 apps as it investigates potential data misuse

Facebook has suspended around 200 third-party apps, after its data misuse investigation found signs that they may have been acting improperly.

Social network Facebook has suspended nearly 200 applications for access to a large volume of personal user information. 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. "To date thousands of apps have been investigated and around 200 have been suspended-pending a thorough investigation into whether they did in fact misuse any data".

This is what GSR, the company founded by Cambridge academic Aleksandr Kogan, used in order to gain data from about 87 million people - which it is alleged to have passed on to Cambridge Analytica.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg has previously said any apps that refused to cooperate or failed an audit would be banned from Facebook.

This was reported on the news portal of the social network.


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

Archibong added that Facebook will be conducting interviews with and submitting requests for informations to any developers' whose apps raise concerns.

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". A spokesman for Antonio Tajani, the president of the parliament, did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

Requirements for apps using Facebook data as a login are also tightening, with personal details -including political views, relationship status, work history, and others - excluded from the data. Whether or not each of the apps will be named and shamed remains to be seen, however.

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