Facebook – the social media company that has been heavily criticized by the public for failing to adequately protect the personal information of its 2 billion users – has tens of thousands of apps Apps Discontinued
In a post published on Friday, Ime Archibong's vice president for product partnerships, Facebook, said the move was part of an ongoing review that began in March 201
The tens of thousands of apps have been linked to about 400 developers. While some of the apps have been suspended, in some cases others have been completely disabled. The offenses that led to the ban included the inappropriate transfer of data from the Facebook platform, the provision of data without protection of user identities, or clear violations of social networking conditions.
One of the few apps identified by Facebook was myPersonality. According to Archibong, "information has been shared with researchers and businesses with limited protection, and our request to participate in an audit has been denied."
The Friday release said Facebook has taken legal action against some apps related to the apps. The companies LionMobi and JediMobi, Archibong said, used their apps to infect users' phones with malware and gain money. Facebook has already stopped the alleged fraud and refunded advertisers. Facebook has also sued Ukrainian men Gleb Sluchevsky and Andrey Gorbachov for allegedly using quiz apps to scrape users' Facebook data. Facebook has also sued South Korean data analyst Rankwave for allegedly not cooperating with the investigation.
And we are far from finished. Every month, we've included the insights and re-examined how developers can build using our platforms. We've also improved the way we investigate and enforce potential policy violations.
Beyond this investigation, we have made extensive improvements to the evaluation and policy setting of all developers based on our platforms. We have removed a number of APIs that developers use to access different types of data. We have expanded our teams to identify and enforce bad actors. This way we can review every active app every year with access to more than basic user information. And if we find violators, we will take a series of enforcement actions.
According to the New York Times, court documents filed in Facebook with the State Court in Boston as part of a Massachusetts Attorney General's investigation indicate that the company has suspended 69,000 apps. Of these, 10,000 were removed from Facebook because the data may have been abused by Facebook users, the NYT reported.
Over the past 12 months, Facebook has been heavily criticized for having practices exposing its users' personal information. In July, the company agreed to pay the Federal Trade Commission $ 5 billion to pay fees "that undermine users' privacy decisions to meet their own business interests."
Friday's revelations indicate that the scope of privacy controversy may be greater than previously recognized by corporate officials. Now is a good time for readers who use Facebook to review the apps they have installed and delete apps that are demanding large amounts of data or that do not provide meaningful benefits.