Facebook Has Suspended 200 Apps That May Have Misused People's Private Data


Facebook has suspended 200 apps while it probes whether they misused people's information as part of its investigation into dodgy data dealings.

The social media giant announced the investigation back in March, saying it would investigate all apps that had access to large amounts of user information before it reduced data access in 2014. Where we find evidence that these or other apps did misuse data, we will ban them and notify people via this website.

In recent months, many have wondered how many more companies like Cambridge Analytica have collected private information on Facebook users without their consent. Thousands of different apps have gone through investigations thus far, and Facebook said that any app refusing to be cooperative or that failed the system's audit would be banned.

The company, however, regained much of its lost market value after it reported a surprisingly strong 63 percent rise in profit and an increase in users when it announced quarterly results on April 25.

"We have large teams of internal and external experts working hard to investigate these apps as quickly as possible", he says. "First, a comprehensive review to identify every app that had access to this amount of Facebook data".

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Cambridge Analytica, a British data analytics firm that worked for President Donald Trump's campaigned, may have misused the personal data of 87 million Facebook users.

'We are investing heavily to make sure this investigation is as thorough and timely as possible. The quiz app was used by millions prior to being suspended.

Archibong added that Facebook will be conducting interviews with and submitting requests for informations to any developers' whose apps raise concerns.

Facebook did not provide any additional details as to which of the apps had been suspended, how many users had used the apps or what was the reason that led Facebook to suspect that those apps had been misused.