Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Technology | By Russell Knight

Facebook suspends 200 apps for possible misuse of user information

Facebook suspends 200 apps for possible misuse of user information

Facebook has suspended roughly 200 apps suspected of misusing data they have gathered on the social media site, a vice president at the company said on Monday.

The 200 apps are suspended pending an investigation into whether they did in fact misuse data.

Company CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced in late March that Facebook would restrict the amount of data apps have access to while investigating how these apps used the data before the restrictions were enacted.

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The company also said that "large teams of internal and external experts" have already looked into "thousands of apps". The app collected data such as user location, friends, and interests.

The investigation was launched after revelations that Cambridge Analytica hijacked the private data of 87 million Facebook users while working for Donald Trump's presidential campaign in 2016.

The suspensions were part of the first phase of an ongoing investigation and the company suggested that there will likely be more. On top of that, it's not year clear the full extent of data misuse by the suspended apps.

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In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data fiasco, there were a ton of complaints that Facebook, Inc.

As he pointed out, Facebook is now conducting audits on every third-party app that collects enough user data to cause concern.

When asked during his testimony how long it would take Facebook to sift through all its apps, Zuckerberg said "months..." Search tools that allow you to type a phone number or email into the Facebook search bar and find the person associated with that information will be disabled entirely. One thing we do know: at least 87 million Facebook users in the USA had their data stolen.

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Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg told USA lawmakers last month the firm plans to fall into line with the European Union rules as it seeks to rebuild its reputation after the breach, which affected 87 million users. And if we find developers that misused personally identifiable information, we will ban them and tell everyone affected by those apps. 200 apps were found to have possibly done just that, and now the developers will be interviewed and their records will be investigated.

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