After Cambridge Analytica fallout, the company is investigating apps that had access to large amounts of data before 2014

Facebook said it had deferred roughly 200 apps as part of its investigation into the potential desecration of personal data on the social network, the latest fallout from the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal.

In an announcement on Monday, the company also said that it had probed thousands of apps two months after reporting by the Observer and the Guardian revealed that millions of Americans’ personal data was reaped from Facebook and improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy.

Ime Archibong, Facebook’s vice-president of produce partnerships, said in a blogpost that the company was handling a” extensive review” to distinguish every app that had access to large amounts of data before the site changed its policies in 2014. When pertains start, Facebook plans to conduct interviews, request information from the apps” and accomplish examines that may include on-site inspections”, Archibong wrote.

” There is a lot more work to be done to find all the apps that may have ill-use people’s Facebook data- and it will take time. We are endowing heavily to make sure this investigation is as exhaustive and timely as possible .”

If Facebook was found that an app misused data, the company said it would boycott them and allow users to check whether they were affected through a dedicated webpage.

A spokesperson also confirmed to the Guardian that Facebook had frozen myPersonality, a Facebook quiz application that launched in 2007.

Two Cambridge researchers, Dr Michal Kosinski and Dr David Stillwell, had pioneered psychometric research abusing Facebook data with that employment. The myPersonality database dished as the muse for the app built by Aleksandr Kogan, which is at the center of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

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Facebook suspended myPersonality on 7 April after discovering that the app may have infringed programs, the spokesperson spoke, adding that the app would be permanently boycotted if police investigations disclosed evidence of misused data or if the people behind the app refused to cooperate.

The announcement differentiates a small step in its internal recollects as the company continued to spool from the research of Cambridge Analytica, which announced earlier this month that it was shutting down. Despite the closure, Facebook will still face intense investigation over how third party have accessed and used people’s data to try and affect elections in the US and the UK.

Mark Zuckerberg faced a two-day grilling by Congress last month, avoiding some of lawmakers’ toughest doubts about how the company rallies people’s data.

Amid a viral #DeleteFacebook safarus, the CEO unveiled a new Facebook privacy domination this month called ” clear history” that he supposed would allow users to delete their browsing information received from the site. Zuckerberg too admitted that he” didn’t have clear enough answers to some of the questions about data” when questioned by lawmakers.

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