Facebook Suspends 200 Apps For Possible Data Misuse

Facebook has revealed that during its continuing app investigation, around 200 apps thus far have been suspended for possible data misuse.

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The revelation comes in Facebook’s newest blog entry, An Update on Our App Investigation and Audit, posted today by Facebook VP of Product Partnerships Ime Archibong. The post notes that the investigation includes two phases: a review of every app that had access to a large amount of Facebook user data, and a followup period involving interviews, detailed questions, and requests for information.

Apparently, around 200 Facebook apps out of “thousands” have made it to a point in the second phase, as those unnamed apps have been suspended “pending a thorough investigation into whether they did in fact misuse any data.”

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All apps that are found to misuse data — as Cambridge Analytica’s “This Is Your Digital Life” app famously did — will be identified and shared on the “Your Info” Facebook page. The timeline, however, is unclear: we don’t know when these apps will be identified, and if all the apps found guilty will be revealed at once, or separately.

This app investigation was all outlined in the plan set forth months ago by Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg did mention possible developer bans as punishment for misusing data.

Adjust Apps While Waiting

Facebook is seemingly being transparent about how many apps are under investigation for possible data misuse, but users still have no idea which apps are being examined further, or which apps even had access to that much data in the first place.

While we’ll have to wait to find out more, you can change app access now. Go to your Facebook Settings, and click Apps and Websites. There, you’ll be able to see which apps you currently allow to access your Facebook data — as well as which apps you’ve removed and apps that formerly had access to your data — and can then revoke privileges accordingly.

Phil Dzikiy

Phil Dzikiy

Phil Dzikiy is Editor of Security Baron. An award-winning journalist, Dzikiy was formerly the Editor-in-Chief of iLounge.com, and his writing has appeared on TheWirecutter.com, among other outlets. He lives in New York City.

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