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Facebook Says It has Suspended 200 Apps After Audit

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May 14, 2018, 7:32 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @zeman_e

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.

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