Facebook Suspends 200 Apps so far in Data Misuse Investigation

After the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook is working hard to make the itself more secure. After investigating thousands of apps, Facebook Suspends 200 Apps so far in Data Misuse Investigation.

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Following the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, Facebook said it would begin a thorough investigation of all apps on its platform. The company says it has now investigated thousands of apps. As a result, Facebook Suspends 200 Apps that are now pending an investigation.

After investigating thousands of apps, Facebook Suspends 200 Apps so far in Data Misuse Investigation

Here is what Facebook has said regarding the suspended apps:

To date thousands of apps have been investigated and around 200 have been suspended — pending a thorough investigation into whether they did in fact misuse any data. Where we find evidence that these or other apps did misuse data, we will ban them and notify people via this website [“How can I tell if an app may have misused my Facebook information?“]. It will show people if they or their friends installed an app that misused data before 2015 — just as we did for Cambridge Analytica.

The investigation splits into two parts:

  • identifying suspicious behaviour such as large downloads of data
  • looking to see whether the data itself misused.

However, Facebook had “large teams” of internal and external experts working on the probe.

Cambridge Analytica shut down earlier this month blaming a “media siege”. However, some reports claimed that it could reopen as part of a newer company called Emerdata.

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Onsa Mustafa

Onsa is a Software Engineer and a tech blogger focuses on innovation in technology. She likes music, photography, traveling and exploring nature.
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