Facebook suspends 200 apps over possible data misuse

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Monday Facebook said in a blog post that it has investigated thousands of apps after it emerged that some apps misuse private user data.

 The App developers of the 200 Apps have been notified however Facebook declined to provide more detail on which apps were suspended, how many people had used them or what red flags had led them to suspect those apps of misuse.

The investigations emerged after Cambridge Analytica, which worked on President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign, used data collected via an app developed by University of Cambridge psychology professor Aleksandr Kogan.

The app offered a personality test, but Facebook users who downloaded it also gave the professor permission to collect data on their location, their friends and content they had “liked.”

Ime Archibong, Facebook’s vice president of product partnerships, said in Monday’s post that the company will ban any app found to have misused data. He said Facebook would notify users about such bans and make it possible for them to check whether their data was misused.

“We are investing heavily to make sure this investigation is as thorough and timely as possible,” Archibong said.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said the company will examine tens of thousands of apps that could have accessed or collected large amounts of users’ personal information before the site’s more restrictive data rules for third-party developers took effect in 2015.

Ime Archibong, Facebook’s vice president of product partnerships, said in Monday’s post that the company will ban any app found to have misused data. He said Facebook would notify users about such bans and make it possible for them to check whether their data was misused.

“We are investing heavily to make sure this investigation is as thorough and timely as possible,” Archibong said.

 

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