Facebook Inc. (FB) - Get Facebook, Inc. Class A Report provided an update for its investigation into apps that have access to large swaths of information on its network, suspending nearly 200 apps that it said refused or failed an audit.
The investigation was centered on apps that had access to the information before the company changed its policies in 2014.
The affected apps will face suspension pending what the company called a "thorough investigation into whether they did in fact misuse any data." Apps that were found to have misused data will be banned, the company said.
Action Alerts PLUS holding Facebook has stepped up its efforts to protect the user data it cultivates in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal that forced CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify in front of Congress and caused a brief selloff of the social media company's stock.
Facebook now stipulates that developers will receive less information, will be cut off from access when people stop using their app, and will have to receive approval from Facebook before accessing more detailed information.
Currently, by default, developers using Facebook Login will only receive a user's name, profile photo, and email address when someone signs into the network.
Interested parties will be notified when the company does decide to ban a developer via this website.
"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. We are investing heavily to make sure this investigation is as thorough and timely as possible. We will keep you updated on our progress," the company said in a blog post on Monday, May 14.