Apps Suspended in Facebook's Ongoing Internal Data Misuse Investigation

16 May, 2018, 08:02 | Author: Pamela Mathis
  • Facebook says it has suspended around 200 apps so far as part of data misuse audit

Thousands of apps have already been investigated by internal and external experts.

Archibong says Facebook plans to launch thorough investigations into each of the ~200 apps to determine if they misused user data.

Facebook discovered the potentially dodgy applications as part of an "investigation and audit" created to unearth apps like the personality testing app that harvested information from users and sold it to political data firm Cambridge Analytica.

New Scientist has the scoop and reports that personality quiz app "myPersonality", developed by Cambridge University academics, distributed user responses to researchers at companies including Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo using an unsecured website.

The data in question came via a third-party app. Facebook says that it changed its platform in 2014 to reduce the amount of data third-party apps could access, but says the data leak occurred prior to this period.

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The investigation is making good on Mark Zuckerberg's March promise to find other apps like Cambridge Analytica - i.e., ones that collected data not just from Facebook users who signed up for the apps, but also all of their friends. The apps were apparently suspended after they were classified by the social network as "suspicious" without more specific details provided on the matter.

Facebook hasn't named the apps it suspended.

"First, a comprehensive review to identify every app that had access to this amount of Facebook data", Ime Archibong, VP of Product Partnerships, wrote in the blog post.

Hopefully the company goes beyond what they did with Cambridge Analytica, where they apparently took the company's word for it that all data had been deleted. So far, the investigation has seen Facebook suspend around 200 apps. Once the second phase is complete, Facebook users will be notified via a Facebook website if their personal data was jeopardized. In the next month, we will show everyone a tool at the top of your News Feed with the apps you've used and an easy way to revoke those apps' permissions to your data. On Monday, Archibong posted the preliminary findings of the app audit promised by Zuckerberg earlier this year. Instead, the company merely said that it's "investing heavily to make sure this investigation is as thorough and timely as possible".

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