Finally, Mr. Zuckerberg Facebook team made a special announcement on his birthday. Few hours ago, the official statement has been released by Facebook. Almost 200 apps out of thousands suspended from Facebook after a detailed audit based on the promise made by C.E.O on March 21
In March 2018, Facebook was hit by the massive data breach scandal after media reported that Cambridge Analytica breached data to build American voters profile for 2016 presidential election.
According to Facebook’s Vice President of product partnerships Ime Archibong : “the investigation against the apps were pending into whether they did in fact misuse data. We have investigated more than thousands of apps with our large member of team and up-to 200 apps have been suspended and more in line. We will ban more apps once we find evidence”.
This investigation is a part of Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg announcement that he made up in 2014 on March 21st. He said that Facebook will investigate all the apps that had access to user data before the platform’s policies changed.
Furthermore based on the Facebook Officials statement, the process of auditing is on the go, and it is divided in to two parts. First part is based on analysis of apps that had access to huge amount of users data. And second part is based on the review of those apps on which Facebook has concerns, in the form detailed investigation about the app objective and the amount of data it has access to
The good news is the Facebook official just not stops there investigation and they are willing to do more investigations on the apps which are not audited yet. According to Facebook, “There is a lot more work to be done to find all the apps that may have misused people’s Facebook data – and it will take time. We are investing heavily to make sure this investigation is as thorough and timely as possible. We will keep you updated on our progress”
However, will this investigation process make any difference to ensure the data privacy of users? Only time will tell. But we should appreciate this initiative taken by Facebook. At least they are doing something effective which might help a little to clean itself in the eyes of its users all around the world.