200 Apps suspended by Facebook Over Data Misuse Investigation
200 Apps suspended by Facebook Over Data Misuse Investigation: Facebook has suspended around 200 apps in the 1st stage of its review into apps that had access to large quantities of user data. It was done as a response to a scandal around political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.
Facebook’s vice president of product partnerships, Ime Archibong, said that the apps were suspended pending a thorough investigation into whether they misused any data.
Facebook said it has looked into thousands of apps till date as part of an investigation that Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg announced on March 21st 2018.
Zuckerberg had said the social network will investigate all apps that had access to large amounts of information before the company curtailed data access in 2014.
“There is a lot more work to be done to find all the apps that may have misused people’s Facebook data – and it will take time,” Archibong said.
“We have large teams of internal and external experts working hard to investigate these apps as quickly as possible.”
Facebook facing a privacy scandal
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.
The incident led to a backlash from celebrities and resulted in the company losing billions in market value.
The company, however, regained much of its lost market value after it reported a surprisingly strong 63% rise in profit and an increase in users when it announced quarterly results on April 25th of this year.
Shares of the company were up 0.4% at $187.65 in premarket trading as per reports till today. Facebook Chief Mark Zuckerberg has already apologized for the “breach of trust” suffered by its two billion users in face of the data scandal that rocked the social media giant and testified before the US lawmakers..
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