NEW YORK (CNET) – Facebook has suspended some 200 apps as part of its investigation into whether companies misused personal user data gathered from the social network.
The company has evaluated thousands of apps to see if they had access to large amounts of data, and will now thoroughly investigate those it has identified as potentially misusing that data, it said in a blog post on Monday.READ MORE: 'My Nerves Are Still Rattled': Passenger Aboard Amtrak Train Talks Crash
“Where we have concerns, we will conduct interviews, make requests for information (RFI) — which ask a series of detailed questions about the app and the data it has access to — and perform audits that may include on-site inspections,” said Ime Archibong, Facebook’s VP of product partnerships.READ MORE: Man, Pregnant Woman & Baby Killed In Crash Along Highway 360; Police Investigating
The investigation is part of Facebook’s response to the revelations about Cambridge Analytica’s collection of user data in March, after which the company was forced to admit it had allowed the data of tens of million of users to be mishandled. The company’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised the investigation as one of a number of measures put in place to handle the scandal.MORE NEWS: Flash Flooding: Second Body Recovered After Vehicle Swept From Texas Bridge