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Facebook Responds to Data Sharing Scandal by Blocking New Apps from Joining its Platform

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Facebook has temporarily paused its app review process to “implement new changes”, according to the company.

The social media giant’s move to prevent new apps from joining its platform came after reports emerged that the company allowed Cambridge Analytica to obtain information of its about 50 million users without their permission during 2016’s U.S presidential election.

The London-based political-advertising firm, which worked with US President Donald Trump’s campaign, had reportedly collected the user information through a survey app and used it to influence voters in the election.

The reports drew a widespread public backlash and caused company’s shares to decline significantly.

The app review section enables the third-party apps to conduct a survey on the platform. These apps operate by accessing the certain information of the users.

fb-scandle1Though Facebook allows these third-party apps to join the platform after in-depth evaluation to ensure the safety of its users, access to user data by Cambridge Analytica has identified loopholes in the approval process.

”We know these changes are not easy, but we believe these updates will help mitigate any breach of trust with the broader developer ecosystem. Facebook would like to thank you and the entire global developer community for working with us to create a better experience for people. We will continue to post updates as we have them over the next few weeks,” Ime Archibong, Vice President of partnerships at Facebook wrote on company’s Developer News section.

The app review section enables the third-party apps to conduct a survey on the platforms. These apps operate by accessing the certain information of the users.

He said every third-party app associated with Facebook would be thoroughly and inspected by company’s experts.

Besides that, the users will also be asked to cautiously manage their data while connecting to any third-party app in future, Archibong wrote.

It is yet unclear that when the app review pause will end.

Nearly half dozen class action lawsuits have been filed against Facebook, its Cheif Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg, Chief Operating Officer (COO) Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) David Wehner, board members Susan Desmond-Hellmann, Jan Koum, Erskine Bowles, Peter Thiel, Reed Hastings and Marc Andreessen, Cambridge Analytica and its officials in different U.S courts over data-sharing scandal.

Furthermore, Facebook has also decided to block user access to the apps that haven’t been used since December 2017.

The company has already delayed its plan to unveil new home products at its major developer’s conference in May in the wake of the scandal.