Facebook bans and suspends apps following Cambridge Analytica scandal

Facebook said it had now banned one app and suspended more than 400 apps in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The banned app is called myPersonality which was being used by over 4 million people and had been active since 2012.

The social network added that it would notify the roughly 4 million users who opted into sharing their information with myPersonality.

However, Facebook did not have any information that the app was able to access friends’ information. As such, it would not notify users’ friends on the platform.

In addition to banning the app, the company suspended 400 apps for misusing user data following an audit of apps. Ime Archibong, VP of product partnerships at Facebook, wrote:

“Since launching our investigation in March, we have investigated thousands of apps. And we have suspended more than 400 due to concerns around the developers who built them or how the information people chose to share with the app may have been used – which we are now investigating in much greater depth.”

Ever since the Cambridge Analytica scandal came to light, the social network has been under fire to review its app policies and user shared information policies.

Facebook has also been busy trying to avoid another foreign interference debacle of the upcoming November US mid-term elections. As such, the company recently said it had already removed 652 pages and accounts for “inauthentic behaviour” linked to political content in the US.

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