Technology Facebook suspends tens of thousands of data-scraping apps

21:50  20 september  2019
21:50  20 september  2019 Source:   engadget.com

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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.

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Some 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. But not all of the suspended apps posed an active threat to users. Many were not live, and in some instances, Facebook suspended developers because they didn't respond to requests for information.

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The investigation is ongoing. Facebook says it's learning how to better understand patterns of abuse and how to "root out bad actors." As part of Facebook's settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, app developers will face additional oversight. Developers will be required to certify their compliance with Facebook policies annually, and Facebook says developers who violate those policies will be held accountable.


Facebook says 100 software developers may have improperly accessed user data .
Some developers retained access that was supposed to have been terminated last year.Facebook said it discovered that many developers still had access to data about users in groups, despite changes the company made in April 2018 to cut off this access, Facebook said in a blog post. Facebook said it knew of at least 11 developer partners that had accessed the data in the past 60 days and has contacted about 100 developers who may have had access to the data.

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