Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
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Facebook suspends 200 apps in data misuse probe

Facebook suspends 200 apps in data misuse probe

Do you trust Facebook to safeguard your data? An investigation is still needed to see exactly what happened with each of the apps. Zuckerberg apologized for the mistakes his company made and testified before the U.S. lawmakers.

The original statement made by Zuckerberg revealed a three step approach to the investigation. Zuckerberg did mention possible developer bans as punishment for misusing data.

He also wanted to restrict developer access even more in order to prevent further abuse. The data collected via the app was accessed by 280 people from 150 organizations, including universities and staff from Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo.

Yet another rogue Facebook app that gathered and sold "intimate" details on millions of users has come to light.

Data acquired from the "myPersonality" quiz app was distributed through a website with insufficient security provisions, the report said. This functionality was already present in Facebook's privacy settings, but will be moved to ensure greater visibility.


A thorough investigation will determine whether it will reinstate the suspended apps. The post notes that the investigation includes two phases: a review of every app that had access to a large amount of Facebook user data, and a followup period involving interviews, detailed questions, and requests for information.

The first phase, now underway, consists of Facebook employees and external experts reviewing apps to identify those which had access to an extremely large amount of user data.

The Facebook apology tour continues: The company announced on Monday that it has found at least 200 other apps that had access to user data in the same way that the app behind the infamous Cambridge Analytica leak did. Affected users will be able to find out if they were affected by these banned apps through this Facebook site, which is the same way people could find out if their data was affected in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

"More than 6 million people completed the tests on the myPersonality app and almost half agreed to share data from their Facebook profiles with the project", said the report. Instead, the company merely said that it's "investing heavily to make sure this investigation is as thorough and timely as possible".

What's next: Archibong says the next step in the auditing process is to investigate the suspended apps.

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