Facebook Says It has Suspended 200 Apps After Audit
Facebook today provided an update on its internal audit with respect to apps’ access to user data. Specifically, the company is examining which apps had access to large amounts of user data, similar to Cambridge Analytica, and if those apps misused that data. So far, Facebook has identified some 200 apps that it plans to investigate further. “Where we find evidence that these or other apps did misuse data, we will ban them and notify people,” said the social network. As it preps its in-depth infestation into these apps, it has suspended their access to Facebook and its data. Facebook says it has already looked at thousands of applications. It will provide more information about what it finds as it continues its investigation. Before 2015, when it changed its data access policies, an app gained access to the data of millions of Facebook users and shared that data with a U.K.-based analyst firm. The data was used to to create voter profiles of Americans ahead of the 2016 election.
Apr 4, 2018
Facebook today made significant changes to its platform as it continues to deal with the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica breach. To start, the company now believes Cambridge Analytica was given improper access to the data of as many as 87 million people, mostly U.S.
Mar 26, 2018
The Federal Trade Commission today said it is examining Facebook's privacy policies and practices. The inquiry comes as a result of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which saw the data of millions of Facebook users shared by an app to an analysis firm that use it create profiles of U.S.
Mar 26, 2018
Facebook has been called out in recent days for storing, in some cases, years' worth of call logs and text messages from Android handsets. Users discovered the logs in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
Mar 21, 2018
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg today outlined several steps the company has taken and plans to take to protect users in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. In 2013, an app developer created a personality quiz that was used by 300,000 people.
Aug 23, 2018
Facebook says it has banned an app called myPersonality from its platform for failing to agree to an audit. Facebook is in the process of auditing apps that run on its platform to ensure they meet minimum guidelines with respect to user privacy and their data.