Facebook users hit by fresh data scandal

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Facebook suspends around 200 suspicious apps of “thousands investigated”

The investigation sprung up following reports that political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica was able to inappropriately access the personal data of millions of Americans during the 2016 presidential election on behalf of the campaign for Donald Trump.

Archibong today said the investigation, which is being carried out by "internal and external experts", has led to the suspension of 200 apps.

All apps that are found to misuse data - as Cambridge Analytica's "This Is Your Digital Life" app famously did - will be identified and shared on the "Your Info" Facebook page.

The social media network has not divulged further details about the apps that have been suspended, the amount of user data they possess and the red flags that alerted the company's suspicions. Just like how they did with Cambridge Analytica, this website will show people if them or their friends installed an app that misused data before the year 2015. He promised that Facebook would perform a data adult to see how many other apps had access to large amounts of user's information.

Although Facebook doesn't say it, presumably those onsite inspections would be with the permission of the app developer, with a denied request likely to be followed by a permanent app ban.

In recent months, many have wondered how many more companies like Cambridge Analytica have collected private information on Facebook users without their consent. So far, Facebook has suspended approximately 200 apps pending a deeper examination into whether any data was misused by them. That developer had taken advantage of earlier Facebook APIs that, when users took part in a quiz or game, granted access not only to the individual user's data but that of their friends on the site, too.

Zuckerberg's promise to investigate apps that gathered user data before the restrictions were put in place in 2014 was supposed to assure Facebook users that the company was taking their privacy more seriously.

As a result of this process, Archibong says Facebook auditors have suspended "around 200 [apps]" for potentially misusing Facebook data.

Third, we want to make sure you understand which apps you've allowed to access your data. "We will keep you updated on our progress", the post added.

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