Facebook has Suspended 69,000 Apps Amid Ongoing Privacy investigation

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Mobile Marketer reports that Facebook has suspended a colossal 69,000 Apps as part of its continuing efforts to address issues which came to light after the infamous Cambridge Analytica scandal.

On Friday, Facebook announced it had suspended tens of thousands of apps as part of that internal investigation, which began following the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Last year, an internal audit carried out by the social network led to the suspension of 400 apps, but this new information suggests that data-sharing problems run far deeper within the platform. This from Ime Archibong, VP of product partnerships at Facebook:

"We initially identified apps for investigation based on how many users they had and how much data they could access. Now, we also identify apps based on signals associated with an app's potential to abuse our policies. Where we have concerns, we conduct a more intensive examination. This includes a background investigation of the developer and a technical analysis of the app's activity on the platform. Depending on the results, a range of actions could be taken from requiring developers to submit to in-depth questioning, to conducting inspections or banning an app from the platform.

Our App Developer Investigation is by no means finished. But there is meaningful progress to report so far. To date, this investigation has addressed millions of apps. Of those, tens of thousands have been suspended for a variety of reasons while we continue to investigate.

It is important to understand that the apps that have been suspended are associated with about 400 developers. 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, honoring our commitment to take action."
Court filings unsealed later on Friday showed that the platform had suspended 69,000 apps. Most were acted against due to the fact that their developers failed to cooperate with the investigation The New York Times reported that 10,000 of the suspended apps had been terminated for misappropriating personal data from Facebook users.

The suspensions point to the fact that Facebook is sticking to its stated commitment to identify and take action against rogue developers. However, what's worrying is that there's obviously a lot of work still to do and Facebook holds the details of over 2.4 billion users globally.

The latest move to ban apps mirrors some of Facebook's activity in the past. Last year, it acted against an app called MyPersonality for allegedly sharing personal details with researchers, and for operating with sparse privacy protections. As recently as May 2019, Facebook filed against Rankwave - the South Korean data analytics company that Facebook believes refused to go along with its investigation. Only last month, Facebook filed another action against LionMobi and JediMobi - two companies that allegedly used their products to put malware onto users' phones.

I don't know what you guys think, but I'm of the opinion that whichever way you dice this cabbage, it stinks. Facebook just paid the Federal Trade Commission a $5 billion fine - but was that even enough? It seems plain that we're dealing with an organization that's had access to huge amounts of sensitive user data for years, and done sweet FA in the way of acting responsibly.
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  • Profile picture of the author webcontent
    The issues with Facebook are increasing day by day and every time the giant is coming out clean paying penalties. Data threat is among the most dangerous threats and it has to be taken more seriously. the report above clearly suggests 69,000 apps are suspended but it happened because of an inquiry. What if such inquiry was not sought? Imagine how much of data and privacy loss would have taken place of these 69000 apps. I guess the main solution is on the users. We should stop using Facebook and that's the only way to get rid of problems permanently. Agree?
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    • Profile picture of the author WF Will
      They are one of the largest social media platforms, so getting everyone to stop using it would be difficult - especially if they build their business on there or maintain their relationships with friends & family on it. Implementing stricter policies is definitely a good way to start but it has to be impactful and enforced. Facebook got off with paying a $5 Billion Fine this year, which for them is a very tiny sum of money compared to the amount they could make with the data.
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  • Profile picture of the author onegoodman
    Facebook is desperate to clean their name but they far from gaining customers trust. Facebook need to clean their act and gain their trust by stop collecting data like facial recognition without making it clear, how and what the data is being used for.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adm4g
    Facebook is very smart and it keeps launcher latest features and updates. I also the year this same news yesterday nigh from a Facebook community holder and was just think how quickly Facebook takes action.
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