Facebook suspends 400 apps and removes one app

The move forms part of the social media giant's attempts to demonstrate corporate social responsibility following the Cambridge Analytica scandal

28Aug

Facebook has suspended 400 apps and completely banned one of the thousands of apps under investigation in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data sharing scandal, the company announced.

Following its suspension in April 2018, the personality quiz app myPersonality has been banned by the social media giant after it refused to cooperate with an audit on request. Following the removal, Facebook will notify around 4 million users of the app which was mostly active prior to 2012.


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Facebook stated that the decision to ban myPersonality was "because it's clear that they shared information with researchers as well as companies with only limited protections in place".

Earlier this year, Facebook announced it would be suspending around 200 apps, but has claimed it has made this decision to increase the number that are temporarily disabled "due to concerns around the developers who built them or how the information people chose to share with the app may have been used — which we are now investigating in much greater depth".

The move further signalled Facebook's efforts to distance itself from the scandal of the improper sharing of the data of 87 million people which broke in March 2018 and, more generally, the company's moves towards practicing more corporate social responsibility.

Facebook has recently banned of a number of high-profile army figures in Myanmar who are being investigated and prosecuted for the Rohingya genocide following a UN report that said that, for users in Myanmar, Facebook had become a "useful instrument for those seeking to spread hate".

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