Facebook suspends about 200 apps that may have misused data

Leroy Wright
May 16, 2018

Three million Facebook users had their most intimate details exposed as a new data protection scandal hits the social media platform.

The investigation was launched after revelations that political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica hijacked data on some 87 million Facebook users as it worked on Mr Donald Trump's 2016 campaign.

Mark Zuckerberg has once again rejected the advances of the United Kingdom parliamentary committee that are probing the misuse of Facebook data and how the firm slurps user info.

United States investors have sought to speak with banks that have handled the company's business, the Times said, citing an American official and others familiar with the investigation as saying the probe appears to focus on CA's finances and how it obtained and used personal data from Facebook.

The company basically admitted that more blunders probably took place (as did Mr Kogan and former Cambridge Analytica staffer Brittany Kaiser).

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"More than 6 million people completed the tests on the myPersonality app and almost half agreed to share data from their Facebook profiles with the project", said the report.

The app called "myPersonality" has been created by researchers at the University of Cambridge.

It added that "Cambridge Analytica is a data-driven marketing agency and does not manipulate political views".

The data sets were controlled by David Stillwell and Michal Kosinski at the University of Cambridge. In response to the scandal, Facebook promised to investigate apps on the site. The Verge features that the information gathering venture may have started in 2009 and there was some dialog of Cambridge Analytica gaining the information, however clearly it was turned down because of its inclusion in legislative issues. Also, both cases had one researcher in common.

"We have large teams of internal and external experts working hard to investigate these apps as quickly as possible", Ime Archibong, Facebook's vice president of product partnerships, said in the announcement. New Scientist reports that some 280 people at different technology companies were given access and, somewhere along the way, that data ended up on a website that was very insecure.

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