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Look, we're doing stuff: Facebook suspends 200 super slurper apps

Before Facebook's policy change in 2014, many privacy advocates were complaining about the poor ethics and illegality-in Europe at least-of allowing third-party apps so much access to people's data, without their consent, in the first place.

It's important to note that the company isn't necessarily investigating apps that had access to the quiz app put together by Cambridge University researcher Aleksandr Kogan.

The apps were suspended pending a thorough investigation into whether they did in fact misuse any data, said Ime Archibong, Facebook's vice president of product partnerships.

As was the case with Cambridge Analytica, Facebook says it will ban those who have been found to misuse the data and will notify anyone that has been affected through the website or app. It will show people if they or their friends installed an app that misused data before 2015 - just as we did for Cambridge Analytica. In light of that, Mark Zuckerberg promised Facebook would review all existing apps with access to large amounts of data to see if there was any "suspicious activity".

The probe, launched on 21 March as part of Facebook's efforts to look like it's taking action (though the horse bolted long ago), aims to find out if any other app developers have "misused" data.

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Amid investigations in the USA and the UK, Cambridge Analytica announced earlier this month that it is declaring bankruptcy and ceasing operations, the Associated Press reported.

Reuters reports that the social network took the step after identifying apps which had access to 'large quantities of user data'.

The company did not release the name of the apps it suspended.

'We are investing heavily to make sure this investigation is as thorough and timely as possible.

Requirements for apps using Facebook data as a login are also tightening, with personal details -including political views, relationship status, work history, and others - excluded from the data.

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