Facebook has suspended tens of thousands of apps that have somewhat falsified user data, as the company faces a series of US investigations and possible regulatory action they had previously taken after the Cambridge Analytica scandal in March 2018 Outrage by users, digital rights advocates, and legislators about privacy practices The temporarily suspended apps are used by approximately 400 developers.
"This is not necessarily an indication that these apps pose a threat to humans, many were not alive, but were still in the test phase when we temporarily suspended them." said in a blog post on Friday.
"It's not uncommon for developers to have several test apps that are never launched, and in many cases, developers did not do that. We responded to our request for information and suspended it to honor our commitment to action."
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The company also stated that it has taken legal action in some cases.
Earlier this year, Facebook in California filed a lawsuit against South Korean Rankwave, a data analyst that would not cooperate with the company's investigation. And filed a lawsuit against two other companies, LionMobi and JediMobi, who used their apps to infect their mobile phones with malware in a kind of profit-making scheme.
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore, told the Washington Post, "This was no coincidence – Facebook has placed a neon sign that says" Free Private Data "and allowed app developers to access their personal information The FTC must personally hold Mark Zuckerberg to account. "
" And now, barely 24 hours after I insist that Facebook take privacy more seriously than anything else, FB exposes potentially massive data breaches " said Senator Josh of Missouri Hawley, a Republican, on Twitter .
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The New Federal Agreement Social Network Trade Commission (FTC) requires developers to confirm compliance or policy consequences annually Over the last two days He asked if he intended to sell Instagram and WhatsApp for antitrust concerns (which he does not), and he admitted that the company's handling of a recent abortion controversy reflected a bias.
The ubiquitous social platform also faces an antitrust investigation led by Attorney General, in addition to a separate FTC investigation.