Facebook suspends hundreds of apps in an effort to uncover misuse of data

Avatar By Le Williams | 3 years ago

Facebook has implemented newly advanced searches for developers who had access to Facebook user data and employed it in a way that violates the company’s guidelines.

On Monday, Facebook made a reference to its action to review “thousands of apps” with access to Facebook user data and suspended 200 apps “pending a thorough investigation into whether they did in fact misuse any data.”

A company spokesperson told Recode that Facebook is still very early on in the audit process. The social media network platform plans to investigate thousands of additional apps on top of the committed number the company has already investigated.

“Where we find evidence that these or other apps did misuse data, we will ban them and notify people via this website,” Facebook wrote in a blog post early Monday, linking to the same site it used to alert people if their data was shared with Cambridge Analytica.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the initial app audit on March 21, writing that the company would “investigate all apps that had access to large amounts of information before we changed our platform to dramatically reduce data access in 2014, and we will conduct a full audit of any app with suspicious activity”.

Apps that would not agree to a “thorough audit” would also be banned, he added.

Facebook has been sharing user data with apps for numerous years. The foreseen dilemma with the current audit initiative relates to the inefficiency of time-management Facebook can remove and ban developers that fail to follow policies.