Facebook suspends 200 apps for possible misuse of user information

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Facebook suspends 200 apps for possible misuse of user information

In its first update since the company announced in March it was conducting an internal audit, the company said that the apps would be going through a complete investigation into if they misused data of users. It will show people if they or their friends installed an app that misused data before 2015 - just as we did for Cambridge Analytica.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised users - and Congress - that the company would audit all the apps that may have collected user information under Facebook's old policy of letting developers access the data of app users' friends.

The suspended apps face a "thorough investigation" into their activities. 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?

Now it's the turn of the "MyPersonality" application, a Facebook third-party app that asked users about psychological issues and which has been used by six million people worldwide, half of them using their Facebook accounts.

"The investigation process is in full swing, and it has two phases", wrote Archibong. The second part of the investigation focused on contacting the app creators for interviews and potential on-site inspections of their app.

Facebook's Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal has led many tech companies to take steps to address user privacy concerns. Developers that did not agree to a thorough audit would be banned, developers that were found to have abused personal information would be banned, and users affected by the misuse would be notified.

Almost half of those users, about 3 million, agreed to share data from their Facebook profiles with the app. While reportedly working for multiple political campaigns, Cambridge Analytica gathered data from these millions of social media accounts to develop a mechanism that would predict and influence the behavior of voters.

Archibong does state that "there is a lot more work to be done" and that Facebook will keep you updated on any progress. The scandal you would recall sept through the internet like a tornado; but Facebook had since been making some sweeping changes.

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