200 Apps Suspended by Facebook Over Investigation of Data Misuse

So far, Facebook Inc has suspended approximately 200 apps during the initial stage of its review into the apps that had some access to large quantities of data from its user. The suspensions and the review come as a response to the scandal around Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy firm.

The vice president of product partnerships of Facebook, Ime Archibong, said that the apps were suspended while pending a thorough review into whether they misused any user information.

Facebook said that it has looked into thousands of the apps to date as part of a review that was announced by Mark Zuckerberg, its chief executive officer, on the 21st of March.

Zuckerberg had said that the social network will look into all the apps that had access to huge amounts of data before the tech firm curtailed data access in 2014.

Archibong stated: “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 have large teams of internal and external experts working hard to investigate these apps as quickly as possible.”

Facebook was affected by the privacy scandal in mid-March following media reports that Cambridge Analytica was able to improperly access information to build profiles on American voters and influence the results of the presidential election in 2016.

The incident resulted in a backlash from celebrities and led in the company losing billions in its market value. Zuckerberg apologised for the mistakes that his company made and testified before lawmakers in the United States.

However, the company was able to regain much of its lost market value after it reported a surprisingly strong increase of 63 percent in profit and an increase in its users when it announced its quarterly results on the 25th of April.

During the pre-market trading on Monday, the shares of the company were up by 0.4 percent at $87.65.