Facebook's audit into app data collection underway, 200 apps suspended

Facebook's audit into app data collection underway, 200 apps suspended

In the first official update regarding the investigation, Facebook's VP of product partnerships Ime Archibong revealed that "to date thousands of apps have been investigated and around 200 have been suspended". Affected users will be able to find out if they were affected by these banned apps through this Facebook site, which is the same way people could find out if their data was affected in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The update notes that if evidence is found for apps misusing user data, it will show users whether they or their friends installed those apps before 2015. Since then, Zuckerburg and the Facebook team have been reviewing policies and have been investigating other apps that may be harvesting large amounts of user data.

Zuckerberg's promise to investigate apps that gathered user data before the restrictions were put in place in 2014 was supposed to assure Facebook users that the company was taking their privacy more seriously.

The 200 apps are suspended pending an investigation into whether they did in fact misuse data. The suspensions are part of Facebook's investigation into thousands of apps.

The social media network has not divulged further details about the apps that have been suspended, the amount of user data they possess and the red flags that alerted the company's suspicions.

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In Canada, Facebook announced on April 6 that it was suspending Victoria-based tech firm, AggregateIQ, which was involved in the Brexit referendum campaign in the United Kingdom to leave the European Union. And, as Facebook insists on real names to be used for opening user accounts, in most cases this means that the data is tied to a real-world name and identity.

Facebook stressed that the app developer who sold data to Cambridge Analytica did not have the right to do so, adding that the move was in violation of Facebook's terms of service agreement.

While Cambridge Analytica may have since shut up shop, Facebook said it couldn't be sure that the incident was the only one where data misuse had been occurring. Facebook says the entire process consists of two phases. An investigation would likely yield more incidents, and that's what we are seeing now. So far, the investigation has seen Facebook suspend around 200 apps.

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