Facebook announced Monday that the tech conglomerate has halted the operations of approximately 200 apps, that have had access to copious amounts of user intel four years ago, in the midst of the ongoing Cambridge Analytica investigation.
In its first update since the company announced in March it was conducting an internal audit, the company said that the apps would be going through a complete investigation into if they misused data of users. Some Facebook users took a personality test within an app on the site that harvested data about them, which Cambridge Analytica then allegedly used during President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign.
The company said it would ban any app that failed or refused to cooperate with the audit.
Facebook stressed that the app developer who sold data to Cambridge Analytica did not have the right to do so, adding that the move was in violation of Facebook's terms of service agreement.
There are two phases to the investigation, according to Facebook. This group will be subjected to interviews, questions about the app and data it had access to, and audits.
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Facebook suspended about 200 apps following its investigation into information access.
A data set of over 3 million Facebook users collected via a personality app was available to download free for anyone for nearly four years, New Scientist reported. The company will look into any and all applications with access to significant amounts of user data before 2014-which marked a policy change restricting data access to apps.
"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.
"We are investing heavily to make sure this investigation is as thorough and timely as possible".
Archibong does state that "there is a lot more work to be done" and that Facebook will keep you updated on any progress. And Facebook is that little Dutch boy trying to stick his fingers in those data leaks just as fast as he can.