Facebook goes after apps that access its users' data, suspends 200

Facebook suspends 200 apps for possible misuse of user information

Facebook goes after apps that access its users' data, suspends 200

Facebook has suspended some 200 apps as part of its investigation into whether companies misused personal user data gathered from the social network.

The update, issued today by Ime Archibong, veep of product partnerships, said that thousands of apps had been investigated so far, in a two-phase process. Indeed, he said that all apps that were given access to data before Facebook changed its policy in 2015, as well as those that demonstrate "suspicious behavior", would be audited.

Mr Archibong said where evidence of data misuse is found, Facebook will ban the apps involved and notify the public using the same tool on its online help centre that told users if their information had been shared with Cambridge Analytica. The company's CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised the investigation as one of a number of measures put in place to handle the scandal.

For any apps Facebook is concerned with, it then conducts interviews and asks for detailed information about the app and its data usage.

However, Facebook says that this doesn't necessarily mean the apps did anything wrong. It's clear Facebook is trying to show a zero-tolerance approach after the Cambridge Analytica breach.

Facebook has now said that it has investigated "thousands of apps" since the audit began almost two months ago, of which "around 200" have been suspended.

The app used by political consultancy Cambridge Analytica hired by President Donald Trump amongst other Republicans was able to extract details user data on over 87 million people that included direct users of the app and friends of theirs, who had not consented in an overtly manner to the use of the app.

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