Facebook Suspends 200 Apps

Facebook is following through on a massive app investigation and audit promised by CEO Mark Zuckerberg back in March following the Cambridge Analytica scandal. In an update posted this week, Facebook said it has investigated thousands of apps and suspended “around 200” while it inspects them.

The company is taking a closer look at apps that had access to large amounts of information prior to policy changes it made in 2014. That year, Facebook implemented restrictions to limit the amount of data apps could access. Before 2014, apps didn’t need to request permission to collect data on users’ friends. After 2014, friends had to consent for their data to be collected. These limitations prevent the extensive data collection of apps like the personality quiz created by Aleksandr Kogan, who shared his trove of information on millions of Facebook users with Cambridge Analytica.

Read more about Facebook’s massive app investigation that was prompted by the Cambridge Analytica scandal on DarkReading.

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