Facebook suspends 200 apps for misusing customer data

DataIQ News

Facebook has finally acted over widespread concerns - from both users and regulators alike - that companies have been harvesting user data from its site without permission by revealing it has suspended 200 apps it suspects of wrong-doing.

All the apps date back to before 2014, when Facebook insists that it beefed up its privacy protection protocols to make such actions impossible.

The move has been sparked by claims that Cambridge Analytica exploited Facebook data vulnerabilities to access user information. Although the company has consistently refuted the claims, it recently filed for insolvency, blaming negative publicity. At the time, Cambridge Analytica released a statement which read: "The siege of media coverage has driven away virtually all of the company’s customers and suppliers.”

The social network said it is working with internal and external experts to investigate the 200 suspended apps to see if they did indeed access the data unlawfully.

Facebook vice president of product partnerships Ime Archibong said: “Where we find evidence that these or other apps did misuse data, we will ban them and notify people via this website. 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 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. We are investing heavily to make sure this investigation is as thorough and timely as possible. We will keep you updated on our progress.”