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Facebook suspends around 200 suspicious apps of "thousands investigated"

15 May 2018, 10:49 | Austin Hogan

Facebook suspends around 200 suspicious apps of "thousands investigated"

The government had in end-March sent a notice to Facebook asking whether the personal data of Indian voters and users has been compromised by the UK-based Cambridge Analytica or any other downstream entity

Facebook has suspended roughly 200 apps amid an ongoing investigation prompted by the Cambridge Analytica scandal into whether services on the site had improperly used or collected users' personal data.

Archibong says Facebook plans to launch thorough investigations into each of the ~200 apps to determine if they misused user data.

Facebook has now hinted at an answer May 14, announcing that it suspended 200 apps as it investigates whether they had misused people's data.

The first phase in the investigation is a comprehensive review to identify every app that had access to a large amounts of users' Facebook data.

The review was instigated by Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg on March 21 following the Cambridge Analytica fallout revealed by The Guardian. And they were not only academics but also companies such as Facebook itself, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo. Were these 200 apps chosen simply because they requested or acquired user data, or because Facebook already has evidence or suspicion that they held onto and sold the data?

There's no word on how long Facebook's investigation will take, with Archibong saying only that "a lot more work" is needed.

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One of those apps to exploit Facebook's earlier, more open data-sharing policy was a personality quiz app called "This is your digital life" made by University of Cambridge lecturer Aleksandr Kogan and deployed in 2013. "We will keep you updated on our progress", Ime Archibong, vp of product partnerships for Facebook, wrote in a post. The second part of the investigation focused on contacting the app creators for interviews and potential on-site inspections of their app.

A data set of over 3 million Facebook users collected via a personality app was available to download free for anyone for nearly four years, New Scientist reported.

Facebook added that it has large teams of internal and external experts working hard to investigate these apps as quickly as possible.

The revelation no doubt caused great concern for users who by the way are still in shock over the uproar caused by the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Third, we want to make sure you understand which apps you've allowed to access your data.



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