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DATA PRIVACY: Facebook suspends 200 apps

DATA PRIVACY: Facebook suspends 200 apps

Social media giants Facebook has suspended at least 200 apps amidst a data privacy investigation launched by Mark Zuckerberg after the Cambridge Analytica scandal in March.

On Monday, Facebook announced its internal investigation was in “full swing” — with teams delving into thousands of apps that are connected to Facebook, according to a statement released by Ime Archibong, vice president of Facebook’s product partnerships.

Facebook’s investigation has already led to the suspension of around 200 apps which will be analyzed to see “whether they did in fact misuse any data.”

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Archibong said the second phase of the investigation involves looking into whether there is evidence that the suspended apps or other apps misused data.

If an app misled users in how their data was being used, it could be banned from Facebook.

Once the second phase is complete, Facebook users will be notified via a Facebook website if their personal data was jeopardized.

“It will show people if they or their friends installed an app that misused data before 2015 — just as we did for Cambridge Analytica,” Archibong said in his statement.

 

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