Facebook suspends tens of thousands of apps in the response to the Cambridge Analytica row

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(Reuters) – Facebook Inc’s (FB.(O) said on Friday it has suspended the tens of thousands of applications on the social networking platform, as part of its ongoing ” app developer survey was started in March of 2018, in response to the Cambridge Analytica row of the table.

The suspended apps are associated with about 400 developers, Facebook said, adding that it is not necessarily an indication that the apps were a threat to the user.

Earlier this year, the company has agreed to pay a record $5 billion fine to the US Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) to resolve a government probe into its privacy practices.

The FTC privacy probe was triggered last year by allegations that Facebook violated a 2012 consent decree, and now have shared the information from the 87 million users in the Uk a political consulting firm in Cambridge Analytica.

Facebook has since agreed to boost the guarantees on the data of the user, and curbs on the amount of information that a third party developer may, at the request of the users of the platform.

“We are making progress. We won’t catch everything, and some of what we’re doing to catch it, it will be with the help of people outside of Facebook,” the company said in a blog post.

Reporting Munsif Vengattil in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta

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