Facebook Suspends 200 Apps Pending Investigation Into Data Breaches After Cambridge Analytica Scandal
The following is an excerpt from Alex Perry | May 14, 2018 | ibtimes.com |
The Cambridge Analytica data scandal brought about months of scandals and internal reforms for social media giant Facebook. On Monday, Facebook announced in a blog post that it had taken preliminary punitive measures against hundreds of apps that may have misused user data like Cambridge Analytica.
In the blog post, VP of Product Partnerships Ime Archibong gave an update on Facebook’s investigation into apps that had access to user data prior to rule changes in 2014 reduced that access. As of Monday, Facebook had looked into thousands of apps and suspended 200, “pending a thorough investigation into whether they did in fact misuse any data.”
None of the suspended apps were identified. As CNN explained, the goal is to crack down on any kind of egregious data breach like that of election consulting firm Cambridge Analytica. Some Facebook users took a personality test within an app on the site that harvested data about them, which Cambridge Analytica then allegedly used during President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.
Facebook asked the firm to delete the data in 2015, but it did not comply. Cambridge Analytica went out of business in early May.
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