Facebook suspends 200 apps over mishandled user data

"We suspended the myPersonality app nearly a month ago because we believe that it may have violated Facebook's policies", said Ime Archibong, Facebook's vice president of Product Partnerships. But right after the announcement wherein the social media leviathan suspends 200 apps, Facebook once again finds itself in hot waters.

Researchers from the University of Cambridge distributed the data gathered by the Facebook personality app myPersonality to hundreds of other researchers through a website without enough security provisions.

Three million user accounts have reportedly been compromised in a new Facebook data leak incident.

He said Facebook's investigation process is in full swing and a comprehensive review is being conducted "to identify every app that had access to this amount of Facebook data". This may include agreeableness, conscientiousness, and neuroticism. More than a million of these were in the UK. Supplementary to that cater-cornered information, details such as age, gender and relationship status from 4.3 million people are also divulged by this app.


More than 6 million people completed the tests on the myPersonality app and almost half agreed to share data from their Facebook profiles with the project.

The report further claimed that Cambridge Analytica actually tried to get this data too from the researchers David Stillwell and Michal Kosinski of the University of Cambridge's The Psychometrics Centre. The username and password have been publicly available for the past four years on GitHub. Aleksandr Kogan developed an app "thisisyourdigitallife" and according to New Scientist, he was effective as part of the myPersonality project until mid-2014. "It will show people if they or their friends installed an app that misused data before 2015 - just as we did for Cambridge Analytica". Following the submission of a report, Facebook's bug and data abuse bounty team would work to determine credible reports, shut down undesired apps, and take legal action against the company that's buying or selling the data if the need arises.

Facebook's head of public policy Rebecca Stimson made a statement that Mark Zuckerberg has no plans to testify in front of the UK Parliament now.


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