'Around 200' apps banned thus far in Facebook's massive app audit

'Around 200' apps banned thus far in Facebook's massive app audit

Facebook is suspending 200 apps that may have misused people's data, it announced in a blog post Monday.

Embattled Menlo Park social networking giant Facebook has announced that it's suspended approximately 200 apps over the course of its Cambridge Analytica investigation.

Just under two months on and the tally is ~200 "suspicious" app suspensions, though the review process is ongoing - and Facebook is not being more specific about the total number of apps it's looked at so far (beyond saying "thousands") - so expect that figure to rise.

"The investigation process is in full swing, and it has two phases", revealed Ime Archibong, the company's VP of product partnerships.

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.

Facebook said it's also banning any apps that provide evidence of data misuse.

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Amid investigations in the US and the UK, Cambridge Analytica announced earlier this month that it is declaring bankruptcy and ceasing operations, the Associated Press reported.

One question around all of this is whether Facebook will publicly publish a list of suspended apps.

KitGuru Says: It's never been a secret that Facebook has access to large amounts of user data, but seeing how much of that information could be accessed by outsiders was a bit of a shock to many.

Over 87 million users whose data may have been harvested by Cambridge Analytica were promised of an alert. The thorough investigation will consist of interviews, requests for information and performing audits that may include on-site inspections.

In addition to carrying out its own internal investigations Facebook has since updated its external privacy settings for its users. We've reached out to Facebook for comment.

Of course, all this depends on Facebook's definitions of misuse.

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