Facebook goes after apps that access its users' data, suspends 200

Tuesday, 15 May, 2018

"To date, thousands of apps have been investigated and around 200 have been suspended - pending a thorough investigation into whether they did in fact misuse any data", the executive noted.

An article released by the NewScientist Monday revealed that a new Facebook data leak left millions of user's information exposed online for anyone to access.

Responding to the letter received from Facebook UK's head of public policy Rebecca Stimson, Mr Collins said: "It is disappointing that a company with the resources of Facebook chooses not to provide a sufficient level of detail and transparency on various points including on Cambridge Analytica, dark ads, Facebook Connect, the amount spent by Russian Federation on UK ads on the platform, data collection across the web, budgets for investigations, and that shows general discrepancies between Schroepfer and Zuckerberg's respective testimonies".

Facebook is once again at the center of a scandal over data mining on its platform, after it was discovered that another personality quiz hosted on the social network harvested the personal information of some three million people.

Ime Archibong, the Facebook Product Partnerships Vice President, said that we are deeply involved in the investigation. The university says the app was created before the data set's controllers - David Stillwell and Michal Kosinski, at the University's Psychometrics Centre - joined the university.

Apparently, even the 200 suspended apps are expected to be further investigated via interviews and RFI requests.

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If the former, the final tally could (hopefully) end up much lower than 200.

Earlier this month, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had admitted making a "huge mistake" as personal data of up to 87 million users may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica. What will the final count be?

Before it did, former employees had told Gizmodo that they knew the writing was on the wall for the data analytics company, but they didn't realize how fast the flames would engulf it. Facebook closed that loophole in 2014, but clearly wants to avoid another data privacy scandal.

In 2016, Facebook believed CA when it said that it had deleted the data it had stored, only to find out the truth in 2018 after a whistleblower came forward. Following the submission of a report, Facebook's bug and data abuse bounty team would work to determine credible reports, shut down undesired apps, and take legal action against the company that's buying or selling the data if the need arises.

"Cambridge Analytica may remain an organic user on our platform, in accordance with the Twitter Rules", the spokesperson added.