At least 200 apps have been suspended from Facebook amidst a data privacy investigation launched by Mark Zuckerberg after the Cambridge Analytica scandal in March. The update claims that Facebook has investigated thousands of apps hosted on the site and has suspended about 200 of them.
Apps that are being suspended are mostly those having access to large amounts of user data that was possible for apps to have before Facebook limited data access in 2014.
Two weeks ago, Facebook reported ad spend on Cambridge Analytica was up 50% year over year, and its global daily active users increased by 13%. Thousands of apps have been investigated so far, the company said, adding that any app that refuses to cooperate or failed the audit would be banned from the site. First off, Facebook has to figure out which apps actually had access to large quantities of user data. "It will show people if they or their friends installed an app that misused data before 2015 - just as we did for Cambridge Analytica", Archibong said in his statement. The exact scale of user information that's been taken and shared by Facebook app devlopers since the platform's inception-made possible by leaky and/or poorly enforced app developer policies-may never be known.
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Over 87 million users whose data may have been harvested by Cambridge Analytica were promised of an alert.
We've asked Facebook a series of follow up questions about the ~200 suspicious apps it's identified, and more broadly about the ongoing audit process and will update this post with any response.
The company also pointed to a website where it would notify users if their data was improperly used.
Of course, all this depends on Facebook's definitions of misuse.