Facebook suspends 200 apps in wake of privacy scandal

16 May 2018

Facebook suspends 200 apps in wake of privacy scandal

Social media network Facebook has said that it has suspended an estimated 200 apps as part of its investigation into the companies’ misuse of personal user data, the latest development in the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal.

In an announcement on Monday, the company said they had investigated thousands of apps two months after the privacy scandal with political consultancy firm, Cambridge Analytica, a company that was revealed to have been harvesting millions of users’ personal data from Facebook.

Ime Archibong, Facebook’s Vice-President of Product Partnerships, said in a blog post that the company was conducting a “comprehensive review” that will identify every app that had access to large amounts of data before its policy changes in 2014.

The post said that if any concerning results are found “Facebook is prepared to conduct further interviews that request information from the apps and perform audits that may include on-site inspections.”

“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. We are investing heavily to make sure this investigation is as thorough and timely as possible,” he said.

If Facebook discovers that the app has misused personal data, then it will ban them and allow users to check whether their data was affected.

The announcement marks a progressive step from the social media company, which faced global and government ridicule after their privacy policies and protection users were questioned.