Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Technology | By Nina Perez

Facebook suspends around 200 suspicious apps of "thousands investigated"

Facebook suspends around 200 suspicious apps of

Facebook has suspended 200 apps while it probes whether they misused people's information as part of its investigation into dodgy data dealings.

The investigation process is in full swing, and it has two phases. If Facebook finds evidence that these or other apps did misuse data, it plans to ban them and promply notify users. This photo illustration taken on March 22, 2018 shows a logo for Facebook at a shop front in Singapore on March 22, 2018. Lawmakers are expected to hear from Christopher Wylie, a former employee at the company who brought its business practices to light earlier this year, though the Senate Judiciary Committee has not yet released a final witness list.

Facebook was hit by the privacy scandal in mid-March after media reports that Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed data to build profiles on American voters and influence the 2016 presidential election.

Facebook launched a tool last month that let users know if their data was collected by the "This Is Your Digital Life" personality quiz app, which was used by Cambridge University researchers linked to Cambridge Analytica.

Cambridge Analytica, which denied wrongdoing, has since gone bankrupt.

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In the statement he said: "We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can't then we don't deserve to serve you ..."

Ime Archibong, Facebook's vice president of product partnerships, said in Monday's post that the company will ban any app found to have misused data.

The developers being vetted are those with access to the platform prior to the change in 2015 that cut off the extra data. "We are investing heavily to make sure this investigation is as thorough and timely as possible".

Facebook stressed that the app developer who sold data to Cambridge Analytica did not have the right to do so, adding that the move was in violation of Facebook's terms of service agreement. While reportedly working for multiple political campaigns, Cambridge Analytica gathered data from these millions of social media accounts to develop a mechanism that would predict and influence the behavior of voters.

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