Facebook suspends 200 apps for misusing user data

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

16 May, 2018

GSR developed a app that reportedly collected data from people who signed up to use the app as well as information from their Facebook friends, without the explicit approval of all involved. But right after the announcement wherein the social media leviathan suspends 200 apps, Facebook once again finds itself in hot waters.

Cambridge Analytica, which worked on President TrumpDonald John TrumpAvenatti defends right to release Cohen's financial info Pruitt's 24/7 security requested over fears of Trump policy backlash Senate GOP anger over McCain insult grows MORE's campaign, said earlier this month that it would declare bankruptcy and close after it was revealed it had improperly obtained the data of about 87 million Facebook users.

This action taken by Facebook comes after CEO Mark Zuckerberg in March had promised that the company would "investigate all apps that had access to large amounts of information". But now there are reports that not all the data was deleted. This may include agreeableness, conscientiousness, and neuroticism. Signed over from university lecturer to some students, this was a supposedly a course project on creating apps to process Facebook data. Uploading code to GitHub is very common in computer science as it allows others to reuse parts of your work, but the students included the working login credentials too.

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Zuckerberg, 33, had said that he accepted blame for the data leak, which has angered users, advertisers and lawmakers, while also saying he was still the right person to head the company he founded. Here both cases mount up to being peas in the pod; both tests were initiated in the University of Cambridge and both of them had Aleksandr Kogan as a common researcher.

Facebook suspended the app on April 7, after it accessed the "Big Five" personality scores of 3.1 million users, and two million status updates from over 150,000 users, including details about age, gender and relationship status from 4.3 million people. If Facebook determines that the apps did misuse user data, the apps will be banned from the service and impacted users would be notified.

Facebook's head of public policy Rebecca Stimson made a statement that Mark Zuckerberg has no plans to testify in front of the UK Parliament now.

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