Facebook suspends 200 apps in data misuse investigation

Facebook suspends 200 apps in data misuse investigation
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Facebook has suspended about 200 apps so far as part of its review of data abuse following the scandal over British research firm Cambridge Analytica, the tech giant said Monday.

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The apps will stay suspended pending an investigation into whether they violated Facebook’s data collection policies.

Ime Archibong, Facebook’s vice president of product partnerships, said in a post that the 200 suspensions come after the company reviewed thousands of apps with access to Facebook user data.

“There is a lot more work to be done to find all the apps that may have misused people’s Facebook data — and it will take time,” Archibong said.

The announcement follows Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergHillicon Valley: Facebook won't remove doctored Pelosi video | Trump denies knowledge of fake Pelosi videos | Controversy over new Assange charges | House Democrats seek bipartisan group on net neutrality On The Money: Conservative blocks disaster relief bill | Trade high on agenda as Trump heads to Japan | Boeing reportedly faces SEC probe over 737 Max | Study finds CEO pay rising twice as fast as worker pay Zuckerberg met with Winklevoss twins about Facebook developing cryptocurrency: report MORE’s promise earlier this year that his company would conduct an audit of every app with access to large amounts of Facebook user data.

Zuckerberg’s commitment was made in response to blowback Facebook received over revelations that Cambridge Analytica, a British research firm that worked on the Trump campaign, harvested data from 87 million Facebook users in violation of Facebook's terms of use.