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Facebook suspends 200 apps following Cambridge Analytica scandal

Facebook suspends 200 apps following Cambridge Analytica scandal

The suspensions are part of Facebook's investigation into thousands of apps that may have accessed large amounts of data before the social media giant changed its information policies in 2014.

Data such as phone numbers, private messages, and religious views, taken from as many as 87 million Facebook users was allegedly used to influence voters in the 2016 USA election.

According to Facebook product partnerships vice president Ime Archibong, Facebook has a big team of internal and external experts analyzing these APPs.

If Facebook discovers that an app misused data, the company said it would ban them and allow users to check whether they were affected through a dedicated webpage.

Where Facebook finds evidence that these or other apps did misuse data, it will ban them and notify people via this website.

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From the sound of it, Facebook is close to completing the first phase of its audit; which is identifying any apps that raise suspicions about the handling of user data. So we will likely continue to hear about the many ways Facebook screwed up, but with as little transparency about specifics as possible.

Speaking to TechCrunch, a Facebook spokesperson said that more specific details on the individual apps that are going to be suspended will be provided once the audit is concluded. Facebook confirmed Monday that the app was suspended April 7.

Facebook has revealed an update to its app investigation and audit that CEO Mark Zuckerberg had announced on March 21. Facebook did not immediately respond to a Gizmodo request for clarity on how much data access was raising suspicion in this investigation. The site did a similar thing for Cambridge Analytica.

About 40 percent of the people who took the tests also opted to share Facebook profile data, resulting in a large science research database, the University of Cambridge psychometrics center said of the project on its website. Instead, the company merely said that it's "investing heavily to make sure this investigation is as thorough and timely as possible".