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Facebook Investigates Data Misuse, Suspends 200 APPs

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Facebook Investigates Data Misuse, Suspends 200 APPs

Following various attempts to access private data Facebook has suspended hundreds of APPs that have been involved in this mess.

Facebook released an online statement saying the investigations are being conducted to ascertain any contraventions by over 200 APPs that are alleged to have been misusing private data.

According to Facebook product partnerships vice president Ime Archibong, Facebook has a big team of internal and external experts analyzing these APPs.

“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,” Archibong said.

Sources indicate that the inquiry was launched after revelations that political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica hijacked data on some 87 million Facebook users as it worked on Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.

In 2014, Facebook drafted a policy limiting access to user data but noted that some applications still had data obtained prior to the revision.

Facebook says that of the 200 APPs suspended included myPersonality which collected psychological information shared by millions of members of the social network who voluntarily took “psychometric” tests.

Archibong said in a statement, “We suspended the myPersonality app almost a month ago because we believe that it may have violated Facebook’s policies.”

 

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