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Facebook Suspends 200 Apps During their Data Privacy Investigation

At least 200 apps have been suspended from Facebook amidst a data privacy investigation that CEO Mark Zuckerberg launched after the Cambridge Analytica scandal in March.


The announcement came on Monday morning, nearly two months after Zuckerberg said that Facebook would investigate all the apps that had access to large amounts of data, before the company had changed their policies in 2014.

Facebook currently has teams diving into thousands of apps that are connected to Facebook, which has already led to the suspension of 200 apps.

According to Ime Archibong, vice president of Facebook’s product partnerships, the second phase of the investigation will involve looking into whether there is any evidence that the suspended apps or other apps misused data. If an app did mislead users in how their data was being used, then it could be banned from Facebook.

Archibong also said that any apps that would not agree to a “thorough audit” would also be banned.

Once the second phase is complete, if your personal data has been compromised, you will be notified via Facebook, similar to how they handled Cambridge Analytica.

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