Facebook suspends 200 apps over possible data misuse

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was grilled by Congress over the Cambridge Analytica scandal

An article released by the NewScientist Monday revealed that a new Facebook data leak left millions of user's information exposed online for anyone to access.

Facebook is suspending about 200 apps that it believes may have misused data.

"And second, where we have concerns, we will conduct interviews, make requests for information (RFI) - which ask a series of detailed questions about the app and the data it has access to - and perform audits that may include on-site inspections", Ime Archibong, Vice President of Product Partnerships at Facebook, said in a blog post.

LESTER: The whole Cambridge Analytica scandal never would've happened because Facebook would've done what it was supposed to do, which is cut off access to all these third-party apps.

The University of Cambridge has chastised the application when New Scientist made a point of enlightening the academic body, with the Information Commissioner's Office stating that the data harvesting practices "did not go through our ethical approval process". As a steady follow-up of the Guardian's unfurling in the month of March this year, Facebook Inc. According to New Scientist, data like people's names, ages, genders, and relationship status - and even some status updates - of 3 million people was stored insecurely on a website that wasn't protected properly.

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It turns out that myPersonality was one of 200 applications culled from the site in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica debacle, each given a fair investigation into whether or not data had been misused. They also indicated they would study the company's response to their questions as they weighed up what to do next. You guessed it: Aleksandr Kogan.

The report further claimed that Cambridge Analytica actually tried to get this data too from the researchers David Stillwell and Michal Kosinski of the University of Cambridge's The Psychometrics Centre.

This illustration picture taken on April 19, 2018 in Paris shows the tablet and smartphone app for Facebook. The data of these users profiles was not only shared with the Cambridge researchers, the data was available to anyone wanting to access it.

A US official also told the newspaper that investigators were also questioning Facebook in the probe.

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