脸书 Suspended ‘Tens of Thousands’ of Apps

脸书, who recently came under fire for 从期间跟踪应用程序收集数据,已暂停“tens of thousands”对应用程序开发人员进行隐私调查后,发现应用程序数量

脸书 says the suspended apps 与大约400位开发人员相关。强调这些应用已被暂停’不一定表明应用对用户构成威胁。该公司表示,许多应用都是测试应用。而且开发人员经常创建多个从未公开发布的测试应用程序。该公司表示,大多数应用已被暂停,因为开发人员未响应信息请求。

脸书 also changed their review criteria, in the statement the company said “我们最初根据拥有多少用户以及可以访问多少数据来确定要调查的应用程序。现在,我们还根据与应用程序滥用我们政策的可能性相关的信号来识别应用程序。在我们担心的地方,我们会进行更深入的检查。其中包括对开发人员的背景调查,以及对该应用在平台上的活动的技术分析。根据结果​​,可以采取一系列措施,从要求开发人员提交深入的问题,到进行检查或从平台禁止应用程序。”

这项调查于2018年3月开始,是对 剑桥分析丑闻. Later in 2019 脸书 agreed to pay a $5 billion fine to the U.S. FTC. The FTC privacy probe was triggered, as a result of the data sharing with Cambridge Analytica, that the FTC says violated a 2012 consent decree. Reportedly 脸书 shared the information of 87 million users with the firm Cambridge Analytica.

脸书 says they have not only removed apps, but have also taken legal action against some developers. In May, the company filed a lawsuit in California against a South Korean data analytics company 秩波, for failing to cooperate with the 脸书 investigation. The company also took legal action against developers in other contexts. Citing the example of action against LionMobi和JediMobi,使用他们的应用程序来“通过营利计划使用户的手机感染恶意软件”.

早在2014年 脸书’的开发人员系统很少进行隐私检查,因此它’s not altogether surprising that this investigation has removed so many apps. The way apps share data with 脸书 itself however makes the social network the king of the data. If you’re uncomfortable with an ad agency or political consultancy knowing your information, think really hard about how much 脸书 knows.

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    I wonder if any gambling companies have used the services of the same app developers who created the ones 脸书 has banned? Of course it would be a genuine mistake if they had.

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