Facebook announces tens of thousands of app suspensions after internal audit

Facebook announces tens of thousands of app suspensions after internal audit

Facebook said Friday that it has suspended tens of thousands of applications during an investigation it launched into app developers following the Cambridge Analytica scandal. 

"To date, this investigation has addressed millions of apps. Of those, tens of thousands have been suspended for a variety of reasons while we continue to investigate," said a statement from Vice President of Product Partnerships Ime Archibong. 

Archibong added that the suspended apps were not necessarily a threat and that in many cases they were suspended because developers did not respond to the company's requests for information. 

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The suspended apps were linked to about 400 developers.  

The social media giant has also banned apps completely in "a few cases" during its ongoing probe. 

"That can happen for any number of reasons including 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," the statement said. 

British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica used Facebook data to profile and target voters in the 2016 U.S. elections. The Federal Trade Commission in July reached a $5 billion settlement with Facebook over privacy violations stemming from the company’s actions ahead of the Cambridge Analytical scandal. 

Friday's announcement also follows Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergFTC rules Cambridge Analytica engaged in 'deceptive practices' with Facebook data mining Hillicon Valley: Trump officials propose retaliatory tariffs over French digital tax | FBI classifies FaceApp as threat | Twitter revamps policies to comply with privacy laws | Zuckerberg defends political ads policy Zuckerberg says Trump did not 'lobby' him during dinner MORE's meeting with several lawmakers this week on Capitol Hill.