Facebook suspended tens of thousands of apps from 400 developers
Facebook has suspended tens of thousands of apps as the result of an investigation into the data handling practices of third-party apps on the social media platform. The investigation was launched in response to the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Ime Archibong of Facebook stressed that the suspended apps from around 400 developers were not necessarily “posing a threat to people,” adding that many of them never made it past the testing stage.
Some apps were engaging in suspicious behavior, Archibong acknowledged. Examples of such activity include “inappropriately sharing data obtained from us, making data publicly available without protecting people’s identity or something else that was in clear violation of our policies.” At least one app, “myPersonality,” was found to violate user privacy in ways that prompted Facebook to alert users about the activity.