Facebook bans 200 apps following audit as Cambridge Analytica scandal grows

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 suspends around 200 apps over potential data misuse

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. Archibong said the company has large teams of internal and external experts.

Facebook announced today that after reviewing "thousands" of apps, it has banned around 200 pending a "thorough investigating" into whether their developers misused user data.

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A popular personality quiz app left more than 3 million Facebook users' private information exposed on a vulnerable website for four years, according to an investigation by New Scientist.

Facebook has not yet revealed the names of the suspended apps or the companies behind them, and is unlikely to do so unless they are banned.

Zuckerburg stated on March 21, that Facebook would begin an investigation into the handling of user information.

This announcement comes prior to a hearing on Wednesday on Capitol Hill that focuses on data privacy and Cambridge Analytica.

The social media giant stated that there is a lot more work to be done and it will take time to identify all apps that have misused user data. A report Monday alleges that data on 3 million Facebook users sat exposed on a web portal created by researchers at the University of Cambridge.

Facebook promised to scrutinize app developers after admitting to the inappropriate sharing of data on up to 87 million people with Cambridge Analytica, the third-party data firm accused of employing underhanded tactics to shape politics in the USA and United Kingdom. (Stillwell's Cambridge email has been taken down and he did not immediately respond to The Outline's request for comment on Facebook). We've contacted Facebook to see if it plans to release a list of the apps at any point in the investigation. Cambridge Analytica shut down at the beginning of May.

Academics as well as those working for large corporations could access the data if they abided by the data protection procedures. He believes that Facebook has the right to charge users for the company not to use their data.

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