Facebook Now Cracking Down On Third-Party Apps in the Wake of the Cambridge Analytica Scandal
Almost a year after the Cambridge Analytica Scandal, last March, wherein the data of around 87 million users’ was gathered and imparted to the Trump-affiliated campaign research firm without their assent Facebook is taking action against certain third-party applications that gulp up enormous amounts of user data in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
Facebook said in a blog post that it will never again permit applications with ‘minimal utility,’ like personality quizzes, to operate on the platform.
Eddie O’Neil, head of platform at Facebook, said in the post, ‘As part of our ongoing commitments to privacy and security, we are making updates to our platform…our Facebook Platform Policies are being updated to include provisions that apps with minimal utility, such as personality quizzes, may not be permitted on the platform.
‘The update also clarifies that apps may not ask for data that doesn’t enrich the in-app, user experience,’ he added later.
Be that as it may, as The Verge called attention to the fact that the issue didn’t exactly originate from quiz applications, but instead Facebook’s lax policies around user data management and how developers had the capacity to collect data from “friends of friends”.
It comes as Facebook on Wednesday revealed that it hopes to take on a one-time charge between $3 billion and $5 billion identified with a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. As last March, the FTC opened an investigation concerning Facebook’s data dealings after the Cambridge Analytica scandal first came into light.
While O’Neill stated, ‘Going forward, we will periodically review, audit and remove permissions that your app has not sued, developers can submit for App Review to re-gain access to expired permissions.’
What’s more, presently, Facebook expects to keep developer from getting to user information on the off chance that it identifies that a user hasn’t opened the app in the previous 90 days.