Facebook suspended the popular apps


Facebook has suspended around 200 third-party apps, after its data misuse investigation found signs that they may have been acting improperly.

Facebook says it has suspended around 200 apps for potentially misusing people's data, following an audit that was prompted by the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

It's important to note that the company isn't necessarily investigating apps that had access to the quiz app put together by Cambridge University researcher Aleksandr Kogan.

In recent months, many have wondered how many more companies like Cambridge Analytica have collected private information on Facebook users without their consent. As a result, CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised that it would be investigating all apps that had access to large amounts of information, prior to the change in API policy back in 2014.

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.

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"We are investing heavily to make sure this investigation is as thorough and timely as possible", he adds. He also made clear that where we had concerns about individual apps we would audit them - and any app that either refused or failed an audit would be banned from Facebook.

We've asked Facebook a series of follow up questions about the ~200 suspicious apps it's identified, and more broadly about the ongoing audit process and will update this post with any response.

Facebook did not provide any additional details as to which of the apps had been suspended, how many users had used the apps or what was the reason that led Facebook to suspect that those apps had been misused. The company did something similar to notify people that their information had been shared with Cambridge Analytica by an app called "This Is Your Digital Life". A spokesman for Antonio Tajani, the president of the parliament, did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

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