Facebook suspends around 200 apps in the aftermath of Cambridge Analytica Scandal

Around 200 apps have been suspended by Facebook as part of its investigation into third-party apps after the Cambridge Analytica privacy breach.

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg assured users that Facebook would clean up its act in a Facebook post on March 21. The CEO promised to look into all applications that “had access to large amounts of information before we changed our platform to dramatically reduce data access in 2014.”

The vice-president of product partnerships at Facebook, Ime Archibong said, Facebook aims to launch thorough investigations into each of the ~200 apps to determine whether they did in fact misuse any data. He said, ‘We have large teams of internal and external experts working hard to investigate these apps as quickly as possible.’

He also indicated that they are probing thousands of apps on top of those already suspended.

Facebook also plans to ban the infringing apps from accessing their platform for good and users will get notifications from the same website that informed them if their data was misused by Cambridge Analytica.

‘There is a lot more work to be done to find all the apps that may have misused people’s Facebook data – and it will take time,’ Mr. Archibong said.

‘We are investing heavily to make sure this investigation is as thorough and timely as possible.

‘We will keep you updated on our progress.’

Having said that, the social networking company is paying a high price as the consequence of this scandal leads to the threatening of the CEO with a formal summons to face a parliamentary inquiry as the lawmakers of US are exasperated by the matter.

The scandal was significant for inciting public discussion on ethical standards for social media companies, political consulting organizations, and politicians. Consumer advocates called for greater consumer protection in online media and the right to privacy as well as curbs on misinformation and propaganda.