May 14, 2018 - Technology

Facebook suspends 200 apps in investigation into data misuse

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg grimaces

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during congressional testimony last month following the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Facebook said Monday morning that it had suspended "around 200" applications on its platform — out of "thousands" that have been reviewed — so that it can pursue a deeper probe into whether they misused data.

Why it matters: The social giant is investigating the possibility that other developers with access to large amounts of their user data gathered and mishandled information, like Cambridge Analytica, the Trump-linked firm whose data harvesting set off a privacy reckoning for Facebook.

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