Facebook goes after apps that access its users' data, suspends 200

Facebook goes after apps that access its users' data, suspends 200

Facebook goes after apps that access its users' data, suspends 200

As reported by Reuters, so far Facebook has looked into thousands of apps, and naturally it is quite a time consuming process.

That said, there are still many more apps under investigation, the company notes, and alas, several "may have misused people's Facebook data".

CEO and cofounder Mark Zuckerberg announced on March 21 that the company would be taking new measures to allay fears of other potential historical privacy violations in the wake of Cambridge Analytica scandal. But banning an app from Facebook's ecosystem is not the same as recovering or forcing developers to delete the information they took, let alone tracking down who those developers might have shared information with.

"We are investing heavily to make sure this investigation is as thorough and timely as possible, concluded Archibong".

Amid investigations in the US and the UK, Cambridge Analytica announced earlier this month that it is declaring bankruptcy and ceasing operations, the Associated Press reported.

Facebook said in the next phase of the investigation, it will conduct interviews with the developers of the 200 apps that have been suspended, as well as request information and perform audits that may include on-site inspections.

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The Cambridge Analytica data scandal brought about months of scandals and internal reforms for social media giant Facebook.

After a third-party app mined and then sold user information, Facebook has begun cracking down on just what information those apps can use.

Apps that access information from Pages, which are often used for tasks like scheduling posts and responding to messages and comments, will need Facebook's approval.

Update: A Facebook spokeswoman told us the company intends to provide more details about any apps it decides to ban after concluding each case-by-case investigation.

Of course, all this depends on Facebook's definitions of misuse.

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