Saturday, 26 May, 2018

Facebook suspends around 200 suspicious apps of "thousands investigated"

Facebook says it has suspended around 200 apps so far as part of data misuse audit Here's how to see if you used one of the 200 suspended Facebook apps
Russell Knight | 14 May, 2018, 19:57

Facebook has now hinted at an answer May 14, announcing that it suspended 200 apps as it investigates whether they had misused people's data.

They centre around apps that were accessing user data before the firm announced it was changing its Graph API use policies in 2014 - prior to that, apps could ask for permission to slurp up info on not just a user, but also all of their friends. The company's CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised the investigation as one of a number of measures put in place to handle the scandal.

Facebook is auditing each and every app that has access to the data of its over 2 billion users and has already suspended 200 apps which failed to comply with its policies, the social media giant said on Monday.

"We have large teams of internal and external experts working hard to investigate these apps as quickly as possible".

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Top Russian, Iranian diplomats to discuss ways of salvaging Iran nuclear deal
As he arrived in Beijing, Zarif said Tehran was "ready for all option (s)", according to the semi-official ISNA news agency. China also committed itself to multilateralism and global agreements.

Sonam Kapoor's wedding was 'the most magical two days'
But some people are really lucky to have two mothers in their life in the form of a sisters, who always look after them. It's work mode for Sonam Kapoor as she headed to Cannes Film Festival 2018 with her hubby Anand this past weekend.

The investigation is ongoing but the site has confirmed hundreds of apps have so far been suspended, pending further analysis of their behaviour.

The suspensions support the defense of Aleksandr Kogan, who provided data from Facebook to Cambridge Analytica, that several apps besides that of his own had gathered huge amounts of information of users under the previously lax privacy rules for data on Facebook. Some Facebook users took a personality test within an app on the site that harvested data about them, which Cambridge Analytica then allegedly used during President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign.

If Facebook finds any offenders as it trawls through the apps, it says it will update its 'How can I tell if an app may have misused my Facebook information?' page, so be sure to bookmark it.

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