Facebook offered an update on that investigation today, and the company said that of the thousands of apps it has looked into, "around 200" have been suspended while they await further review. In the update, Archibong elaborated on Facebook's review process, explaining that they've divided their investigations into two phases. Affected users will be notified via a website that shows whether they or their friends installed the app in question.
Annouced on Monday, the social network's announced mass freezing of developers is its first major enforcement action since it started to audit apps in March to uncover companies that might have stolen data.
Over 6 million people completed the myPersonality app and around half agreed to share anonymized data from their Facebook profiles with the project.
As a result of this process, Archibong says Facebook auditors have suspended "around 200 [apps]" for potentially misusing Facebook data. It also focused attention on major technology companies and what they do with users' data.
The investigation is ongoing and the number of apps that raise red flags could continue to rise. The investigation is in response to the Cambridge Analytica situation. The report noted that the media coverage of the scandal drove away all the companies' customers and suppliers.
Following the recent Cambridge Analytica data scandal and criticism, Facebook is slowly attempting to clean up its act. Cambridge Analytics allegedly attained the information through building a personality test.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified in front of Congress in April about the data crisis.
Researchers at the University of Cambridge shared the data from app myPersonality with hundreds of researchers via an insecure website, New Scientist reports.
Almost half of those users, about 3 million, agreed to share data from their Facebook profiles with the app. He added that the social media company had to improve identifying fake news and hate speech.
In 2016, Facebook believed CA when it said that it had deleted the data it had stored, only to find out the truth in 2018 after a whistleblower came forward. Applications that don't meet the standards of the investigation will be banned from Facebook.