Facebook suspends hundreds of apps for misusing user data

Facebook suspends hundreds of apps for misusing user data

Facebook suspends hundreds of apps for misusing user data

Facebook says it has investigated thousands of apps and suspended about 200 of them as a part of an investigation into apps that have accessed extensive amounts of user data.

Data such as phone numbers, private messages, and religious views, taken from as many as 87 million Facebook users was allegedly used to influence voters in the 2016 U.S. election.

"We will keep you updated on our progress", Ime Archibong, vp of product partnerships for Facebook, wrote in a post. "It was installed by around 300,000 people who shared their data as well as some of their friends' data", Zuckerberg said.

"Where we find evidence that these or other apps did misuse data, we will ban them and notify people via this website", Archibong added.

Facebook has suspended 200 apps following its on-going investigation into the misuse of data.

The apps in question pertain to usage before 2014, when the company adjusted its platform policy to reduce the volumes of data app developers could access.

Facebook's investigation is divided into two stages: first, a comprehensive review of any app that had access to "large amounts of information".

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The social network has not given a specific figure about how many apps have so far been investigated, referring only to "thousands" of apps.

The company did not release the name of the apps it suspended.

The blog post is an update on its investigation and audit from Facebook, which was promised by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg previously following the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Well, Facebook just announced they have suspended over 200 apps after investigation of their usage. In addition, a username and password to access the information was publicly available on code-sharing website GitHub, something Facebook discovered through a data-abuse bounty program it announced in April.

How will I know if an app had access to my data?

While Cambridge Analytica may have since shut up shop, Facebook said it couldn't be sure that the incident was the only one where data misuse had been occurring.

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