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Facebook suspends 200 apps pending data misuse probe

Facebook Inc. said it suspended about 200 apps for potential data misuse pending the results of a full investigation.

The company has investigated thousands of apps as part of an initial review of those that had access to large amounts of user data prior to a change in Facebook's policies in 2014, Ime Archibong, Facebook's vice president of product partnerships, said in a May 14 blog post. Should Facebook find evidence that the suspended apps did misuse the data, Archibong said those apps will be banned and impacted users will be notified.

The app suspension follows a chorus of inquiries about Facebook's data policies from lawmakers, regulators and users after Facebook in March disclosed that the now-defunct data analytics company Cambridge Analytica LLC improperly gained access to personal data of millions of Facebook users.

Cambridge Analytica and parent company SCL Elections Ltd. have since said they are shutting down and starting insolvency proceedings, citing a loss of clients amid international press about the Facebook data scandal.