Facebook suspends around 200 suspicious apps of "thousands investigated"

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Facebook suspends around 200 suspicious apps of "thousands investigated"

The move is part of an audit run by the company to examine how many third-party apps had extensive access to user information, and how many used that data inappropriately.

"The apps were suspended pending a thorough investigation into whether they misused any data, said Ime Archibong, Facebook's vice president of product partnerships", Reuters reported this morning.

As with most of its announcements in the past scandal-ridden months, Facebook says there is "a lot more work to be done".

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Facebook has been facing flak ever since the Cambridge Analytica scandal came into light. In light of that, Mark Zuckerberg promised Facebook would review all existing apps with access to large amounts of data to see if there was any "suspicious activity".

None of the suspended apps were identified.

Cambridge Analytica was found to have allegedly received a huge cache of Facebook user data from a third-party app developer. First off, Facebook has to figure out which apps actually had access to large quantities of user data.

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He further stated that Facebook has large teams of internal and external experts working through apps that need investigating as quickly as possible.

So Facebook will not be doing on site inspections in every suspicious app instance.

Once the second phase is complete, Facebook users will be notified via a Facebook website if their personal data was jeopardized.

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Per Facebook's platform policy for app developers like myPersonality, parties are supposed to "Delete all of a person's data you have received from us (including friend data) if that person asks you to, unless you are required to keep it by law, regulation, or separate agreement with us". Although she also said the company has not yet decided how it will share information about these apps. So the process remains pretty shrouded and caveated - making its rigor and value hard to quantify.

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