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Facebook suspends around 200 apps over potential data misuse

Tyrone Stewart

FacebookAfter reviewing ‘thousands’ of apps connected to its social network, Facebook has suspended around 200 of them – pending further investigation into whether they misused Facebook user data.

The ongoing audit was launched on the back of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, where the political consulting firm obtained Facebook user data from a third-party app developer without any permission and then used the data to target people with political ads in the countries like the US and the UK.

Back in March, Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook would “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. We will ban any developer from our platform that does not agree to a thorough audit. And if we find developers that misused personally identifiable information, we will ban them and tell everyone affected by those apps.”

Around two months since that announcement, the figure of ‘suspicious’ apps currently sidelined sits at around 200 but Facebook has not disclosed how many thousands of apps it has actually reviewed thus far.

One thing we can be sure is that “the investigation process is in full swing,” according Ime Archibong, VP of product partnerships, providing the update in a blog post.