Have you just noticed a Facebook App that left AWOL? After Facebook reviewed "thousands" of apps on its platform following a major data abuse scandal that exploded in March, Facebook has announced that it has exposed around 200 apps – a "thorough investigation" into whether developers misuse Facebook users
The action is part of an ongoing review of third-party applications running on the platform announced by Facebook as part of the Cambridge Analytica data abuse scandal, in which a third-party developer extracted and shared Facebook user data using quiz apps (19659002) CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the app audit on March 21
Barely two months later, there are 200 "suspicious" app locks, although the review process is not yet complete and Facebook is not specifying the total number of apps viewed so far (other than "thousands") – so expect that this number is increasing.
In the Cambridge Analytica instance, Facebook admitted that personal information from up to 87 million users may have been shared with them for policy advice – without the knowledge or approval of most people.
A report on the app audit process in a blog post, Ime Archibong Facebook's VP of Product Partnerships, writes "The investigation is in full swing."
"We have large teams of internal and external experts working hard to inspect these apps as soon as possible," he says. "So far, thousands of apps have been investigated and around 200 have been dropped – pending a thorough investigation into whether data has actually been abused, and where we find evidence that these or other apps have misused data, we will ban them and notify people through this site It shows people whether they or their friends have installed an app that abused data before 2015 – just like we did at Cambridge Analytica. "
Archibong does not confirm how long the audit will take – but it does goes a long way Go on and write: "There is still a lot to do to find all the apps that have abused people's Facebook data – and that will take time."
"We invest a lot to make sure this investigation is as thorough and timely as possible," he adds.
While Facebook has concerns about an app – such as the ~ 200 apps that have been suspended until a more extensive investigation – Archibong says it will lead to interviews; Requesting information ("asking a series of detailed questions about the app and the data to which it has access"); and audits "that may include field inspections.
Facebook will not conduct on-site inspections of any suspected app instance.
We've asked Facebook a series of follow-up questions about the ~ 200 suspects For example, it does not become clear if the company publishes a public list of all apps that are suspending it or misusing the user data – or if it will only notify data subjects.
Given the likely amount of data misuse by developers on its platform there is an argument for Facebook to publish a public list of suspensions.