Facebook Blocked 200 Apps For Data Misuse


"While Mr Zuckerberg has no plans to meet with the committee or travel to the UK at the present time we continue to fully recognize the seriousness of these issues", wrote Facebook's head of public policy in the UK, Rebecca Stimson.

A House of Commons committee has repeated its call for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to answer questions in its inquiry on "fake news", after branding written evidence from the company disappointing. Six million people completed the quiz, with some opting to share their Facebook data with the app.

Damian Collins, the Conservative chair of the digital culture media and sport select committee, said: "If Mark Zuckerberg truly recognises the "seriousness" of these issues as they say they do, we would have expected that he would want to appear".

Facebook has suspended 200 apps from its platform for potentially misusing users' private data.

"We have large teams of internal and external experts working hard to investigate these apps as quickly as possible", he said in a statement.

In their audit, the company examined how many third-party apps especially those created before Facebook's data policies were changed in 2014 had widespread access to user information.

For one, what criteria did Facebook use to decide if an app should be suspended?

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Just two weeks ago, apartments in Dandong New District were selling for as little as 3,000 yuan per square meter, he said. Bolton said in an interview with CNN's "State of the Union" that North Korea should not "look for economic aid from us".

This latest gaffe saw the intimate details of 3 million users snatched by a rogue app with links to the software at the heart of the bigger privacy scandal that recently rocked the firm.

But it's also worth noting the way the MPs phrased some of these questions allowed Facebook this wiggle room - and opened up the avenue for debate on what a "real" answer would be.

On Reddit, readers are condemning IBM for sending more than 100 executives to Capitol Hill this week in an effort to prevent US policy makers from copying GDPR, Europe's new privacy standards, which give citizens the right to access their personal data and learn how it's being used, prevents companies from processing personal data unless users give explicit consent, and requires them to adopt privacy by design principles, among other restrictions.

UK Parliament roars: Oi!

During his evidence session, Schroepfer said this was at the request of "people" in these countries, who wanted to work with a local regulator rather than Facebook Ireland.

Researchers from the University of Cambridge distributed the data gathered by the Facebook personality app myPersonality to hundreds of other researchers through a website without enough security provisions.

MPs have again criticised Facebook for submitting "insufficient" evidence to a parliamentary inquiry about how it handles data.