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Facebook Suspends About 200 Apps over Privacy Concerns

Monday May 14th 2018 by Developer.com Staff

The company is investigating whether developers misused data.

In response to the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook is cleaning house. The social network announced that it has suspended about 200 apps pending more thorough investigations into whether developers handled user data appropriately. CEO Mark Zuckerberg had previously said that his company planned to “investigate all apps that had access to large amounts of information before we changed our platform to dramatically reduce data access in 2014, and we will conduct a full audit of any app with suspicious activity.”

Ime Archibong, Facebook’s VP of product partnerships, blogged about the app audit, writing, “We have large teams of internal and external experts working hard to investigate these apps as quickly as possible. To date thousands of apps have been investigated and around 200 have been suspended — pending a thorough investigation into whether they did in fact misuse any data. Where we find evidence that these or other apps did misuse data, we will ban them and notify people via this website. It will show people if they or their friends installed an app that misused data before 2015 — just as we did for Cambridge Analytica.”

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