200 Facebook apps suspended over privacy concerns

In the latest addition to the post-Cambridge Analytica Facebook saga, the social media giant has suspended 200 third-party applications after a privacy audit. According to SlashGear, Facebook’s “data misuse investigation found signs that they may have been acting improperly.”

Cambridge Analytica has closed its doors following the scandal, but it was likely not the only company abusing data it collected from the platform. This is where the investigation of all apps that “had access to large amounts of information” became necessary. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised that all suspicious apps, as well as developers that refused to comply with the audit, would be banned.

On May 14, Facebook Vice President of Product Partnerships, Ime Archibong, confirmed that “thousands of apps have been investigated and around 200 have been suspended.” The apps will be investigated to ensure that they really did misuse data, and if they are found to have done so, will be permanently banned from Facebook.

If you are interested in learning more about this process, SlashGear says Facebook will be posting the results of its audit on a support page.

Source: slashgear.com – Facebook suspends around 200 apps in privacy audit
Published: May 14, 2018