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Facebook Suspends 200 Apps in Probe into Data Misuse

Facebook has so far suspended 200 apps in the first stage of its review into apps that had access to large quantities of data.

This move comes after the giant company was hit by a data breach scandal revolving around consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica.

Facebook’s vice president of product partnerships Ime Archibong said the apps were suspended pending a thorough investigation into whether they misused any data.

The company said it had looked into thousands of apps as part of an investigation that Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg announced on March 21.

Following the scandal, Zuckerberg said the social network would investigate all apps that had access to large amounts of information before the company curtailed data access in 2014.

“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,” Archibong said.

“We have large teams of internal and external experts working hard to investigate these apps as quickly as possible.”

The data breach scandal hit Facebook in mid-March, prompting a worldwide backlash from celebrities and political figures, resulting in the company losing billions of dollars in market value.

Zuckerberg apologized for the mistakes his company made and testified before the U.S. lawmakers.

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