Facebook suspends 200 apps after post-Cambridge Analytica audit

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

The suspensions are part of Facebook's investigation into thousands of apps that may have accessed large amounts of data before the social media giant changed its information policies in 2014. That said, if Facebook's auditors do find that these apps misused user data, the company will ban them outright and notify users via this Help section article.

If Facebook discovers that an app misused data, the company said it would ban them and allow users to check whether they were affected through a dedicated webpage.

The company was investigating all apps that had access to large amounts of data, before introducing changes in Facebook's policies in 2014 - which had restricted data access.

"We are now investigating the app, and if mypersonality refuses to cooperate or fails our audit, we will ban it". To date, thousands of apps have been investigated and around 200 have been suspended, although that doesn't mean anything for the time being.

Facebook did not immediately provide detail on which apps were suspended or how many people had used them.

"We suspended the mypersonality app nearly a month ago because we believe that it may have violated Facebook's policies", Facebook VP of product partnerships Ime Archibong said in a statement provided to The Register.

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Iranian lawmakers also set the Stars and Stripes ablaze inside the parliament and burnt symbolic copies of the nuclear agreement. He likened some Persian Gulf political leaders to "America's slaves", adding that Iran does not want to be like them.

Facebook suspended about 200 apps following its investigation into information access.

CNBC reported that Facebook came under fire after news revealed that Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed the social media company's data files during the 2016 Presidential Campaign.

The data centred around private parts of the users' personality and was so poorly guarded finding the user connected to the data would not have been hard.

Hopefully the company goes beyond what they did with Cambridge Analytica, where they apparently took the company's word for it that all data had been deleted.

Today, Facebook announced it had suspended 200 apps for possible data "misuse".

Archibong does state that "there is a lot more work to be done" and that Facebook will keep you updated on any progress. In the next month, we will show everyone a tool at the top of your News Feed with the apps you've used and an easy way to revoke those apps' permissions to your data.

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