Facebook suspends 200 apps over data misuse
“The investigation process is in full swing,” said an online statement from Facebook product partnerships vice president Ime Archibong on May 14.
“We have large teams of internal and external experts working hard to investigate these apps as quickly as possible. To date thousands of apps have been investigated and around 200 have been suspended -- pending a thorough investigation into whether they did in fact misuse any data.”
Archibong added that “where we find evidence that these or other apps did misuse data, we will ban them and notify people via this website.”
Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg spent most of the past month on the fallout from revelations about Cambridge Analytica’s data hijacking, seeking to assuage fears that the California-based internet colossus can safeguard privacy while making money by targeting ads based on what people share about themselves.
The 200 applications Facebook said it suspended included one called myPersonality that collected psychological information shared by millions of members of the social network who voluntarily took “psychometric” tests.
“We suspended the myPersonality app almost a month ago because we believe that it may have violated Facebook’s policies,” Archibong said on May 14 in response to an AFP inquiry.
“We are currently investigating the app, and if myPersonality refuses to cooperate or fails our audit, we will ban it.”
About 40 percent of the people who took the tests also opted to share Facebook profile data, resulting in a large science research database, the University of Cambridge psychometrics center said of the project on its website.
Security and encryption at the website used to share data with registered academic collaborators was meager and easily bypassed, according to a report Monday in British magazine New Scientist.