On Monday, Facebook announced that close to 200 apps have been suspended amidst the ongoing internal investigation that was prompted as a result of the scandal involving Cambridge Analytica into if services on the social media site had used or collected personal data of users improperly.
In its first update since the company announced in March it was conducting an internal audit, the company said that the apps would be going through a complete investigation into if they misused data of users.
Facebook did not provide any additional details as to which of the apps had been suspended, how many users had used the apps or what was the reason that led Facebook to suspect that those apps had been misused.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that the company would examine tens of thousands different apps that could collected or accessed large quantities of personal information from users prior to the site makes data rules much more restrictive for all third-party developers dating back to 2015.
The social media company said that teams of external and internal experts would hold interviews and lead inspections on-site of the apps during its audit. Thousands of different apps have gone through investigations thus far, and Facebook said that any app refusing to be cooperative or that failed the system’s audit would be banned.
One of the more than 200 apps is myPersonality, a personality quiz that was suspended during early April and is being investigated, said Facebook officials. The quiz app was used by millions prior to being suspended.
The app used by political consultancy Cambridge Analytica hired by President Donald Trump amongst other Republicans was able to extract details user data on over 87 million people that included direct users of the app and friends of theirs, who had not consented in an overtly manner to the use of the app.
The suspensions support the defense of Aleksandr Kogan, who provided data from Facebook to Cambridge Analytica, that several apps besides that of his own had gathered huge amounts of information of users under the previously lax privacy rules for data on Facebook.
This announcement comes prior to a hearing on Wednesday on Capitol Hill that focuses on data privacy and Cambridge Analytica.
Lawmakers expect to hear from a former company employee Christopher Wylie who brought the business practices of the company to light.