Ever since Cambridge Analytica was suspended for using an app to exploit user information a couple of months ago, Facebook says that it has suspended an additional 200 more apps.
After the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, Facebook said that it would perform a thorough audit and investigation of all apps on its platform with access to large amounts of user data. Thousands of apps have been investigated by Facebook.
The following Facebook comment is in regards to the apps that have been suspended:
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. Where we find evidence that these or other apps did misuse data, we will ban them and notify people via this website [“How can I tell if an app may have misused my Facebook information?“]. It will show people if they or their friends installed an app that misused data before 2015 — just as we did for Cambridge Analytica.
There are two phases of Facebook’s investigation process:
- A comprehensive review of apps that had access to large amounts of user data, and then,
- interviews with the organizations behind the identified apps to determine what dta it accessed and possible audits of the company connected to the app.
According to Mark Zuckerberg, if any app refused to cooperate or failed an audit, it would be banned from Facebook.
Ever since the problems surfaced with Cambridge Analytica, several steps was taken by Facebook to show users it is prioritizing protection measures around user data. Facebook has even decided to restrict the amount of information available to developers. The company has chosen to release an app removal tool for users that makes it easy to remove multiple apps at once.
Mark Zuckerberg announced during the F8 conference that a coming “Clear History” tool that would let users erase their browsing history on the site.