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Facebook suspends 200 apps suspected of data misuse

Facebook has announced it has suspended 200 apps as part of its investigation into user data mishandling following the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

As part of its response to the crisis, Facebook says it has has investigated thousands of apps since CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised an internal audit back in March.

Those suspended apps have had their access revoked pending a thorough investigation into whether “they did in fact misuse any data.”

Any apps found guilty will be banned permanently. Affected users will be notified via a website that shows whether they or their friends installed the app in question.

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The under-fire social network followed the same protocol following the revelation up to 80 millions users’ data had been harvested by the researcher who sold it on to Cambridge Analytica.

The apps in question pertain to usage before 2014, when the company adjusted its platform policy to reduce the volumes of data app developers could access.

In the case of the “My Digital Life” personality test, which caused the recent furore, Facebook users who handed over access also unwittingly surrendered their friends’ information

In a blog post on Monday, the company added: “There is a lot more work to be done to find all the apps that may have misused people’s Facebook data – and it will take time.

“We are investing heavily to make sure this investigation is as thorough and timely as possible. We will keep you updated on our progress.”

Despite forecasts of Facebook’s permanent demise, the scandal doesn’t seem to be affecting the company too negatively.

Facebook stock dropped as much as 19% in the wake of the scandal, but has now recovered all of its value. Today it was up 1% on the March 17 price.

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