Facebook has suspended thousands of apps that have been mishandling users’ personal information, as part of a long term audit.


An Update on Our App Developer Investigation

The staggering number was disclosed on Friday more than a year after Facebook launched an audit in response to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which involved a researcher using a third-party app to collect data from up to 87 million users, largely without their consent.

The audit kicked off in March 2018. Facebook initially suspended 200 apps; by August 2018, 400 were banned. On Friday, the social network gave an update. “To date, this investigation has addressed millions of apps,” Ime Archibong, Facebook’s VP of product partnerships, said in a blog post. “Of those, tens of thousands have been suspended for a variety of reasons while we continue to investigate.”