It won’t name names (yet), but Facebook has suspended 200 apps suspected of abusing its data policies.
Annouced on Monday, the social network’s announced mass freezing of developers is its first major enforcement action since it started to audit apps in March to uncover companies that might have stolen data. Facebook promised to scrutinize app developers after admitting to the inappropriate sharing of data on up to 87 million people with Cambridge Analytica, the third-party data firm accused of employing underhanded tactics to shape politics in the U.S. and U.K.
Cambridge Analytica was able to build profiles on Facebook users by exploiting a lenient policy that allowed app developers to not only acess data on people that downloaded their services, but also their friends. Before 2015, Facebook had allowed developers—games, quiz apps, calendar extensions and plenty more—to access data not only on the people who downloaded the services, but friends who had not expressly permitted such access.
Source:: AdAge – Digital