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>> Let's say that your friend is testifying in Congress.>> Facebook said, on Monday, it has, so far, suspended roughly 200 apps in the first stage of its internal investigation into apps that had access to large amounts of user data. Following the Cambridge Analytica scandal in which the personal information belonging to 87 million Facebook users was taken without their permission.
Thousands of Facebook apps have been examined so far, according to the social network, part of a review that CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised to carry out in March. Facebook saying, quote, there is a lot more work to be done to find all the apps that may have misused people's Facebook data.
And it will take time. Facebook was hit by the privacy scandal in mid-March after reports that Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed data to build profiles on American voters and influence the 2016 presidential election. The firm was hired by President Donald Trump's campaign. Facebook initially lost billions of dollars in market value, but the company has regained much of what it lost after it reported a surprisingly strong profit last month and an increase in users.
A Reuters/Ipsos poll released this month also showed that most of Facebook's US users have remained loyal despite the scandal. The 200 apps suspended by Facebook are pending an investigation into whether they did, in fact, misuse any data.