Facebook suspended thousands of apps for violating policies2019-09-20 17:38 by Daniela
Facebook has suspended "tens of thousands" of apps connected to its platform. Many of the apps had been banned for a number of reasons, like siphoning off Facebook user profile data or making data public without protecting their identities, or other violations of the company's policies.
"To date, this investigation has addressed millions of apps," Facebook's Ime Archibong wrote. "Of those, tens of thousands have been suspended for a variety of reasons while we continue to investigate. This is not necessarily an indication that these apps were posing a threat to people".
"Many were not live but were still in their testing phase when we suspended them. It is not unusual for developers to have multiple test apps that never get rolled out. And in many cases, the developers did not respond to our request for information so we suspended them," Archibong added.
Zuckerberg promised, in March of 2018, to "investigate all apps that had access to large amounts of information before we changed our platform to dramatically reduce data access in 2014." By May, the platform suspended around 200 apps, and that number doubled by August. Now, over a year later, Facebook informed the public that "tens of thousands have been suspended for a variety of reasons."
The Cambridge Analytica scandal in March 2018, which involved the data of tens of millions of people, was hugely damaging for Facebook and the company has since faced lawsuits and international criticism. The company said that its efforts to secure its app ecosystem have finally started to yield results.
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