Facebook suspends 200 apps for potential misuse of data

Facebook suspends 200 apps for potential misuse of data

Facebook suspends 200 apps for potential misuse of data

Social network Facebook has suspended nearly 200 applications for access to a large volume of personal user information.

Communications firms Cambridge Analytica has offices in London, New York, Washington, as well as Brazil and Malaysia.

Cambridge Analytica was found to have allegedly received a huge cache of Facebook user data from a third-party app developer. In late March, media reported that the personal information of about 50 million Facebook users had been harvested by Cambridge Analytica without the social media site's consent during the 2016 USA presidential campaign. Facebook, on the other hand, has maintained that the reselling of information goes against its terms and conditions.

According to a blog post by the VP of Product Partnerships at Facebook Ime Archibong the social media site has investigated thousands of third-party apps and suspended 200 of them pending investigation to ascertain if they indeed misused any data.

It did not name the apps that have been suspended but said they would be subject to a more thorough investigation into how they handle user data. This applies primarily to apps created before Facebook's data policies were changed in 2014. Aleksandr Kogan, the Cambridge University professor who developed the "This is Your Digital Life" app at the heart of the data harvesting scandal, was reportedly involved with MyPersonality until 2014. Lawmakers are expected to hear from Christopher Wylie, a former employee at the company who brought its business practices to light earlier this year, though the Senate Judiciary Committee has not yet released a final witness list.

Facebook hasn't named the apps it suspended.

Facebook said it 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.

Facebook said in the next phase of the investigation, it will conduct interviews with the developers of the 200 apps that have been suspended, as well as request information and perform audits that may include on-site inspections.

Facebook has faced tough scrutiny since the scandal erupted, with Mark Zuckerberg summoned to the US Congress to face two days of questions.

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