Apps Suspended in Facebook's Ongoing Internal Data Misuse Investigation

Apps Suspended in Facebook's Ongoing Internal Data Misuse Investigation

Facebook made a policy change in 2014 limiting access to user data but noted that some applications still had data it had obtained prior to the revision.

If Facebook finds any offenders as it trawls through the apps, it says it will update its 'How can I tell if an app may have misused my Facebook information?' page, so be sure to bookmark it.

Facebook has suspended 200 apps while it probes whether they misused people's information as part of its investigation into dodgy data dealings.

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.

The investigation is ongoing but the site has confirmed hundreds of apps have so far been suspended, pending further analysis of their behaviour.

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The company has evaluated thousands of apps to see if they had access to large amounts of data, and will now thoroughly investigate those it has identified as potentially misusing that data, it said in a blog post on Monday.

"It will show people if they or their friends installed an app that misused data before 2015 - just as we did for Cambridge Analytica", Archibong continued.

Facebook has now said that it has investigated "thousands of apps" since the audit began almost two months ago, of which "around 200" have been suspended.

Archibong promised more updates as the investigation progresses.

However, the social network is facing continued questions from lawmakers in the United Kingdom and USA, and Mr Zuckerberg has been threatened with a formal summons to appear before a parliamentary inquiry into fake news after a recent testimony by chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer was labelled "unsatisfactory" after he failed to answer a number of questions from MPs.

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