Look, we're doing stuff: Facebook suspends 200 super slurper apps

Dwayne Harmon
May 14, 2018

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. So far they have covered thousands of apps and as many as 200 have been suspended and are now awaiting a more thorough investigation into whether they did certainly misuse data.

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The move is part of an audit run by the company to examine how many third-party apps had extensive access to user information, and how many used that data inappropriately. Now, almost two months later, the social network is giving us an update on that process.

Cambridge Analytica was found to have allegedly received a huge cache of Facebook user data from a third-party app developer.

In response Facebook changed the rules in 2014 but it has since said it would launch a full investigation into every app that had access to the data before it closed the loophole.

"We are investing heavily to make sure this investigation is as thorough and timely as possible", he adds.

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For any apps Facebook is concerned with, it then conducts interviews and asks for detailed information about the app and its data usage.

The first stage of Facebook's review has seen 200 apps suspended.

Once the second phase is complete, Facebook users will be notified via a Facebook website if their personal data was jeopardized.

You might recall the Facebook hearing after the Cambridge Analytica scandal hit. The apps using Facebook Login will also be automatically removed after three months of inactivity on the app.

In addition to carrying out its own internal investigations Facebook has since updated its external privacy settings for its users.

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