Facebook suspends 200 apps following Cambridge Analytica scandal

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That said, there are still many more apps under investigation, the company notes, and alas, several "may have misused people's Facebook data".

CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg first announced the investigation into such apps on March 21, as part of his initial response to the Cambridge Analytica fiasco.

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.

Well, Facebook just announced they have suspended over 200 apps after investigation of their usage.

"Facebook's stated business model has morphed into a data aggregation and marketing scheme disguised as a social network", the filing states. "And if we find developers that misused personally identifiable information, we will ban them and tell everyone affected by those apps", he had written in a post explaining the "Cambridge Analytica situation" and the steps that the company was taking to mitigate the situation.


Facebook has now said that it has investigated "thousands of apps" since the audit began almost two months ago, of which "around 200" have been suspended. However, the social media giant is promising to invest heavily to ensure that the investigation is "as thorough and timely as possible". The quiz app was used by millions prior to being suspended. Even those 200 suspended apps will need to be further investigated via interviews and RFI requests, and we can likely expect the figure to go up as more third-party apps are audited.

'We will keep you updated on our progress'. We've reached out to Facebook for comment.

The company has also built a website that notifies users if their data has been misused.

Given the likely scale of data misuse by developers on its platform there is an argument for Facebook to publish a public list of suspensions.

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