Facebook has dangling hundreds of apps in the bid to expose another Cambridge Analytica

Facebook is on a hunt for other Cambridge Analytica-type bad actors: Developers who had entrance to Facebook user information and employed it in a approach that violates a company’s guidelines.

On Monday, Facebook offering an refurbish to that hunt: The association says it has reviewed “thousands of apps” with entrance to Facebook user information and dangling 200 of them “pending a consummate review into either they did in fact injustice any data.”

That doesn’t meant there are 200 some-more Cambridge Analytica-type scenarios out there. It only means that there are 200 other apps Facebook wants to take a closer demeanour at. It’s probable they will all be privileged of any wrongdoing. It’s probable many of them will not.

It’s also probable that this series will grow. A association orator told Recode that Facebook is still really early on in a review process. That means Facebook skeleton to examine thousands some-more apps on tip of a thousands a association has already looked at. It’s rarely expected that there will be some-more intensity offenders that Facebook decides to suspend.

“Where we find justification that these or other apps did injustice data, we will anathema them and forewarn people around this website,” Facebook wrote in a blog post Monday, joining to a same site it used to warning people if their information was common with Cambridge Analytica.

Facebook has been pity user information with apps for years. It’s one of a core ways Facebook grew, generally in a early days. The problem with this review is that no matter what Facebook finds, it’s going to be too late. Facebook can anathema bad actors, though once a information leaves Facebook’s servers, there isn’t most a association can do to get it back.

Same thing goes for user trust. If Facebook finds a garland of other Cambridge-Analytica form scenarios played out over a past few years, it’ll be tough to remonstrate anybody that Facebook can take caring of user remoteness relocating forward.