Facebook suspends 200 rogue apps over data scandal

Geneva Stokes
May 16, 2018

Facebook has suspended around 200 apps as part of its investigation into whether companies misused personal user data gathered from the social network.

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

The suspensions are part of an app investigation and audit that Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg promised on March 21. Affected users will be able to find out if they were affected by these banned apps through this Facebook site, which is the same way people could find out if their data was affected in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

So far, over 200 apps seem to have been suspended and already, another new data leak puts more than three million user data at risk.

Stillwell says that Facebook was aware of the details of the myPersonality project for many years, and definitely before they changed their platform policies in 2014, when they reduced the data apps could access.

The company said users could check this website to learn whether they or their friends installed an app that misused data before 2015, according to the blog post.

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KitGuru Says: It's never been a secret that Facebook has access to large amounts of user data, but seeing how much of that information could be accessed by outsiders was a bit of a shock to many.

We do know one of the apps, "myPersonality", was linked to Aleksandr Kogan, the Cambridge University professor who sold data from his personality test "thisisyourdigitallife" to political data firm Cambridge Analytica. Since then, Facebook set up a website that tells you whether your profile data was collected by Cambridge Analytica.

"First, a comprehensive review to identify every app that had access to this amount of Facebook data".

Well, Facebook just announced they have suspended over 200 apps after investigation of their usage. We'll require developers to not only get approval but also sign a contract in order to ask anyone for access to their posts or other private data.

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

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