Facebook made and attempt on Friday to convince their users that data privacy remains a central issue for the social network. After an investigation into how independent developers use their members’ data, it suspended “tens of thousands” of apps.
Facebook said its investigation began in March 2018 following the news that Cambridge Analytica had retrieved and used people’s Facebook information without their permission. It said that the tens of thousands of apps that were suspended were associated with about 400 developers.
Facebook made the announcement as the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office has been working to unseal documents related to the investigation of the apps. Last month, Facebook had petitioned a judge in Boston to seal the records. The documents are likely to be unsealed by a state court within the next week.
“For nearly a year, Facebook has fought to shield information about improper data-sharing with app developers,” Maura Healey, the Massachusetts attorney general, said in a statement. “If only Facebook cared this much about privacy when it was giving away the personal data of everyone you know online.”
Ime Archibong, a company executive, said the suspensions of so many apps were not "necessarily an indication that these apps were posing a threat to people.” He said that Facebook had banned some apps completely, and added that Facebook had sued a South Korean data analytics company, Rankwave, in May for refusing to cooperate with the investigation.