Facebook Suspends 'Tens Of Thousands' Of Apps During Investigation

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Facebook Suspends 'Tens Of Thousands' Of Apps During Investigation
Facebook says the suspensions stem from an investigation into how developers use its members' data.
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Facebook revealed on Friday it has suspended "tens of thousands" of apps from around 400 developers over the course of an investigation into how developers use its members' data.

Facebook began its "App Developer Investigation" in March 2018, partially in response to the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The goal of the ongoing investigation is to review "all of the apps that had access to large amounts of information" before the platform changed its policies in 2014 and to "root out bad actors among developers."

In a blog post, the company wrote: "App developers remain a vital part of the Facebook ecosystem. ... Our goal is to bring problems to light so we can address them quickly, stay ahead of bad actors and make sure that people can continue to enjoy engaging social experiences on Facebook while knowing their data will remain safe."

The FTC reached a $5 billion settlement with the company in July following a lengthy investigation into potential privacy violations involving Cambridge Analytica. That data-sharing scandal saw millions of Facebook users' data being shared without their explicit consent. The settlement was the largest the FTC has ever imposed for consumer privacy violations.

Earlier this month, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced that a bipartisan coalition of AGs would launch their own investigation into Facebook over potential "antitrust issues." She said, "We will use every investigative tool at our disposal to determine whether Facebook's actions may have endangered consumer data."

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.