Facebook suspends around 200 apps over potential data misuse

Facebook says it has suspended around 200 apps so far as part of data misuse audit

In its first update since the company announced in March it was conducting an internal audit, the company said that the apps would be going through a complete investigation into if they misused data of users.

Since suspending Cambridge Analytica for using an app to exploit user information almost two months ago, Facebook says it has now suspended an additional 200 more apps.

The move comes after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg vowed earlier this year to look into all applications that "had access to large amounts of information before we changed our platform to dramatically reduce data access in 2014".

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The Cambridge Analytica data scandal brought about months of scandals and internal reforms for social media giant Facebook.

Facebook has suspended around 200 apps as part of its investigation into misuse of personal data on the social network. 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.

"There is a lot more work to be done to find all the apps that may have misused people's Facebook data - and it will take time", Facebook's Archibong added. As CNN explained, the goal is to crack down on any kind of egregious data breach like that of election consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.

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"To date, 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".

The app used by political consultancy Cambridge Analytica hired by President Donald Trump amongst other Republicans was able to extract details user data on over 87 million people that included direct users of the app and friends of theirs, who had not consented in an overtly manner to the use of the app.

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