Facebook announced today it suspended around 200 apps on suspicion of mishandling user data, as part of its post-Cambridge-Analytica investigations.
Ime Archibong, Facebook VP of Product Partnerships, said the company's employees had, so far, audited thousands of apps that had access to large amounts of user data prior to 2014, when the company changed its developer policies and significantly reduced the quantity of data apps had access to.
Archibong says Facebook plans to launch thorough investigations into each of the ~200 apps to determine if they misused user data.
"We will conduct interviews, make requests for information (RFI) — which ask a series of detailed questions about the app and the data it has access to — and perform audits that may include on-site inspections," Archibong said, describing what these thorough investigations mean.
He said all apps found misusing user data —similar to Cambridge Analytica— will be listed on this Facebook Help page. Facebook also plans to ban the infringing apps from accessing their platform for good.
It is unclear how long this app review process will last. Facebook says the entire process consists of two phases. The first phase, currently underway, consists of Facebook employees and external experts reviewing apps to identify those which had access to an extremely large amount of user data. The second phase consists of investigating each of the "suspicious" apps one by one, as described above.
The entire app review process is taking place after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg assured users that Facebook would clean up its act in a Facebook post on March 21.
The Facebook CEO promised three things. His employees have already taken care of #2 and #3 on this list, and now only the investigation (#1) remains.