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Facebook suspends 200 apps after investigation following Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal

The company has reviewed thousands of apps until now

Santanu Basu 15 May 2018, 1:55 PM
Mark Zuckerberg had earlier announced that Facebook would investigate all apps that had access to large amounts of data

Mark Zuckerberg had earlier announced that Facebook would investigate all apps that had access to large amounts of data Image: Twitter

Facebook is cracking down hard on third-party apps following investigations into the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal. The social media giant on Monday suspended 200 apps for improperly using or collecting users' personal data.

Facebook was left red-faced after it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy hired by President Donald Trump and other Republicans, managed to access Facebook data of over 87 million users and used it to influence American voters in the 2016 presidential elections. It was even reported that Cambridge Analytica was in touch with a major Indian political party to influence elections in India.

In the aftermath of the scandal, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook will audit all the apps that have access to user data. In the last two months, Facebook has suspended 200 apps based on suspicions of data breach. Facebook also confirmed that the review will continue till they audit all the apps associated with Facebook.

Ime Archibong, vice-president of Facebook product partnerships, said in an official statement, "As Mark explained, Facebook will investigate all the apps that had access to large amounts of information before we changed our platform policies in 2014 — significantly reducing the data apps could access. He also made clear that where we had concerns about individual apps we would audit them — and any app that either refused or failed an audit would be banned from Facebook."

"The investigation process is in full swing, and it has two phases. First, a comprehensive review to identify every app that had access to this amount of Facebook data. And second, where we have concerns, we will conduct interviews, make requests for information (RFI) — which ask a series of detailed questions about the app and the data it has access to — and perform audits that may include on-site inspections." he added.

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