Facebook suspends 400 apps, bans one in data use investigation

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Facebook suspended 400 and banned one of the thousands of apps it’s investigated since the Cambridge Analytica data sharing scandal began in March, the company said Thursday.

The company issued a full ban to myPersonality, one of the apps at the center of the scandal, on Wednesday after it didn’t agree to a request for audit. The social network suspended the app back in April.

‘It’s clear that they shared information with researchers as well as companies with only limited protections in place,’ Facebook wrote in a blog post.

The social networking giant will notify the roughly 4 million people who used the Facebook personality app, which was mainly active before 2012.

The post also mentioned that it suspended 400 apps, which Bloomberg reports is double the number it cited in May ‘due to concerns around the developers who built them or how the information people chose to share with the app may have been used.’

Facebook didn’t immediately respond to a request for additional comment.

Also on Wednesday, Facebook also faced scrutiny over one of its own apps on Apple’s App Store. The company removed its Onavo security app from the store after Apple reportedly determined that it violated privacy rules.

Data-sharing controversy has swirled around Facebook for months, since the onset of a scandal regarding data on up to 87 million people that was improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica, a digital consultancy firm linked to the Trump presidential campaign. 

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