WASHINGTON: According to Facebook around 200 applications are suspended from its platform being as a part of investigation into misusing of personal information of users.
The investigation was launched after revelations that political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica hijacked data on some 87 million Facebook users as it worked on Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.
According to a statement given online by vice president of Facebook product partnerships Ime Archibong, “The investigation process is in full swing”.
“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”.
According to Archibong “where we find evidence that these or other apps did misuse data, we will ban them and notify people via this website”.
After the revelations on Cambridge Analytica, investigation have prompted on both side of Atlantic leading to more tightened policy of Facebook towards sharing and access to personal data over their platform.
Facebook made a policy change in 2014 limiting access to user data but noted that some applications still had data it had obtained prior to the revision.
“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,” Archibong said.