Facebook Inc said it suspended thousands of apps on the social networking platform on Friday, as part of the company’s ongoing app developer investigation, which began in March 2018 in response to Cambridge Analytica Row.
The suspended apps are linked to around 400 developers, with Facebook saying that this is not necessarily an indication that these apps are a threat to users.
Earlier this year, the company agreed to pay a record-breaking $ 5 billion fine to the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to resolve a government investigation into its privacy practices.
The FTC privacy investigation was launched last year by allegations that Facebook violated the 2012 consent decree and improperly shared information from 87 million users with British political consulting company Cambridge Analytica.
Since then Facebook has agreed to promote security measures on user data and curb such information that third-party developers can request platform users.
The company said in a blogpost, “We are making progress. We will not catch everything and everything we will catch will be with the help of others outside of Facebook.”