Facebook cuts off ‘hundreds of thousands’ of apps in new review process



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Facebook has blocked a huge number of apps to access the data as part of a new review process created in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal.

The social media platform, which previously gave developers relatively easy access to the large amounts of data being generated by Facebook is 2.2 billion monthly active users, announced the strengthening of the app review process in May, and gave the developers a deadline of 1 August to submit.

“We are cutting off API access for hundreds of thousands of inactive apps that are submitted for our app review process,” said Ime Archibong, Facebook’s VP of Product nerships, in a blog post.

The new review process requires app developers to demonstrate that their business app have some API permissions. Developers building apps for other companies would have to sign new contracts and to agree how data will be used.

However, developers who missed the deadline can still submit for assessment on this point.


Facebook is revoking access to the data for hundreds of thousands of apps.


“Where we need more information, developers will have a limited amount of time to respond. If we don’t hear within that period, we will remove the app access to the Api’s that require an approval of you,” Archibong adds.

Facebook’s announcement came on the same day that the company said it removed 32 accounts, possibly linked to Russia, which were trying to disrupt AMERICAN politics in advance of the mid-term elections.

Twitter removed more than 143,000 applications from April to June of this year, in addition to the 142,000 apps that the revoked API access in the first quarter letter to shareholders.

Christopher Carbone is a reporter and news editor covering science and technology for He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @christocarbone.

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