Update on Facebook App Investigation and Audit


Your Facebook profile may have been raided by another 200 apps that misused or even sold your personal information, the social media giant revealed in the ongoing fallout from its largest data scandal to date.

In the case of Cambridge Analytica, which had been contracted to work for Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, Facebook says it had been assured the data the firm had obtained was deleted.

Facebook product partnerships Vice President Ime Archibong said in an online statement the investigation process is in full swing.

He further stated that Facebook has large teams of internal and external experts working through apps that need investigating as quickly as possible.

Though Facebook suspects the roughly 200 apps of violating its policies by using Facebook data for purposes beyond app experience and functionality, the company told CBS News it will not release a list of those apps. In 2014, Facebook changed its policies to block apps from acquiring users' friends' data unless their friends had independently authorized the app.

The entire app review process is taking place after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg assured users that Facebook would clean up its act in a Facebook post on March 21.

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Zuckerberg had made its clear that any app that either refused or failed an audit would be banned from Facebook. The apps were apparently suspended after they were classified by the social network as "suspicious" without more specific details provided on the matter.

A thorough investigation will determine whether it will reinstate the suspended apps. In addition, a username and password to access the information was publicly available on code-sharing website GitHub, something Facebook discovered through a data-abuse bounty program it announced in April.

Facebook is suspending 200 apps that may have misused people's data, it announced in a blog post Monday.

This announcement comes prior to a hearing on Wednesday on Capitol Hill that focuses on data privacy and Cambridge Analytica.

Third, we want to make sure you understand which apps you've allowed to access your data.