Facebook suspends 200 apps over Cambridge Analytica fiasco

Facebook suspends 200 apps over Cambridge Analytica fiasco

Facebook suspends 200 apps over Cambridge Analytica fiasco

Cambridge Analytica was later accused of using that database to help targeted campaigns during the USA presidential election in 2016.

"We suspended the myPersonality app nearly a month ago because we believe that it may have violated Facebook's policies", said Ime Archibong, Facebook's vice president of Product Partnerships.

The company has evaluated thousands of apps to see if they had access to large amounts of data, and will now thoroughly investigate those it has identified as potentially misusing that data, it said in a blog post on Monday.

As part of its response to the crisis, Facebook says it has has investigated thousands of apps since CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised an internal audit back in March.

The company did not fully explain why each of the 200 apps were suspended, although Facebook said the apps' alleged mishandling of user data will be fully investigated, including in-person visits.

Facebook has suspended the app from its platform in early April, ostensibly due to policy violations (poor explanation of how the collected data will be shared).

In 2014, Facebook changed its policies so developers could no longer access the information of their app users' friends.

For instance it's not clear whether the company will publish a public list of every app that it suspends or deems to have misused user data - or whether it will just notify affected individuals. The myPersonality database served as the inspiration for the app built by Aleksandr Kogan, which is at the center of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

There are two phases to the investigation, according to Facebook.

It has also been revealed that Cambridge Analytica had at one stage requested access to the data but was rejected due to its political associations.

Moreover, they would perform audits including on-site inspections of the apps in question.

Third, we want to make sure you understand which apps you've allowed to access your data. The good news is that the most important actions to prevent this from happening again today we have already taken years ago.

Facebook said it's also banning any apps that provide evidence of data misuse. "We will keep you updated on our progress", the post added.

More than 280 people from almost 150 institutions had access to the full data set, including researchers at universities and at companies like Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo.

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