Facebook suspends tens of thousands of data-scraping apps
In the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook promised to investigate other apps with access to large amounts of user data. The app developer investigation is ongoing, but today, Facebook said it has reviewed millions of apps and suspended tens of thousands associated with about 400 developers. Some of those apps were suspended for inappropriately sharing data, making data available without protecting users' identities orSome of those apps were suspended for inappropriately sharing data, making data available without protecting users' identities or violating other Facebook policies. They include apps like myPersonality, the previously suspended app used by Cambridge Analytica.
isn't Facebook's only big leap into the payment world. The social media giant has Facebook Pay, its bid at simplifying both purchases and money transfers. Once you've set a payment method, it's theoretically quick and easy to buy tickets, shop on , contribute or cover your share of last night's pizza. You can set it up on an app-by-app basis, but Facebook also lets you set it up across apps -- a one-time setup could make it useful across Facebook's ecosystem. The core app and Messenger will support Pay in the US this week, while Instagram, WhatsApp and more countries are in the pipeline.
Instagram gives you more control over data shared with third-party apps
Instagram has been tightening the reins on third-party apps for a while, and now it's putting more of that control in your hands. It's adding more powerful controls over data sharing that let you quickly shut down a sketchy app. There's a new authorization screen that clarifies what a third-party app wants, and new privacy controls (under Settings > Security > Apps and Websites) lets you quickly revoke access to apps you don't use or trust. TheThe new controls will take a while to roll out -- they'll reach devices within the next six months.
Facebook is unsurprisinglyof the potential security and privacy issues, although its statements won't be completely reassurance. You can require either a PIN code or biometrics for purchases, while all data is both encrypted and monitored for fraud. Your shopping history won't be shared outside of the app, and bank and card account numbers won't be used to personalize the experience. However, Facebook Pay purchases can influence ads -- be warned if you hate seeing pitches for products just because you once bought something vaguely related.
This will be separate from theused to handle Libra cryptocurrency, Facebook added.
This isn't a radical departure if you're used to services likeor Apple Pay. The difference, of course, is convenience within Facebook's ecosystem. The question is whether or not people will trust the option. Regulators about Facebook's privacy policies, including for financial services like Libra. Facebook Pay doesn't appear to have glaring issues on the surface, but it won't reassure officials. There's also the matter of public trust. Many people are already wary of feeding sensitive data to Facebook, and payment info is some of the most sensitive info you can get. ,
Facebook and associated platforms back online after outage .
Facebook said it had restored service following an outage on Thursday that hindered access to the social platform and its other apps such as Instagram. Downdetector, which monitors outages on the internet, said users of all Facebook platforms started having trouble at 1345 GMT. As is often the case with these outages, this one seemed to hit randomly around the world, with some regions affected and others not. Facebook says it has 2.45 billion active monthly users across its array of products.