That’s a sharp rise from the 400 apps flagged a year ago by the company’s investigation in the wake of Cambridge Analytica, a scandal that saw tens of millions of Facebook profiles scraped to help swing undecided voters in favor of the Trump campaign during the U. S. presidential election in 2016.
Many of the apps had been banned for a number of reasons, like siphoning off Facebook user profile data or making data public without protecting their identities, or other violations of the company’s policies.
Facebook has suspended “tens of thousands” of apps connected to its platform which it suspects may be collecting large amounts of user profile data.
Among those previously disclosed include South Korean analytics firm Rankwave, accused of abusing the developer platform and refusing an audit; and myPersonality, a personality quiz that collected data on more than four million users.
Despite the bans, the social media giant said it has “not confirmed” other instances of misusing user data beyond those about which it has already notified the public.
Facebook has suspended ‘tens of thousands’ of apps suspected of hoarding data https://t.co/jxWrgpgjK9— TechCrunch (@TechCrunch) September 20, 2019