Facebook's audit won't get your stolen data back

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The apps were found to have been accessing large amounts of user data, but now Facebook will be digging into how that information was actually used.

As reported by Reuters, so far Facebook has looked into thousands of apps, and naturally it is quite a time consuming process. According to a blog post by the VP of Product Partnerships at Facebook Ime Archibong the social media site has investigated thousands of third-party apps and suspended 200 of them pending investigation to ascertain if they indeed misused any data.

As with most of its announcements in the past scandal-ridden months, Facebook says there is "a lot more work to be done".

Facebook is facing a class action lawsuit following the revelation that the social network was collecting data logs of messages and phone calls through its smartphone apps.

Over 87 million users whose data may have been harvested by Cambridge Analytica were promised of an alert.

Facebook has now said that it has investigated "thousands of apps" since the audit began almost two months ago, of which "around 200" have been suspended.

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"We are investing heavily to make sure this investigation is as thorough and timely as possible", he adds.

The company did not release the name of the apps it suspended. Initially, Facebook has billions shaved off of its market value following the Cambridge Analytica news, but has since rebounded.

Per Facebook's platform policy for app developers like myPersonality, parties are supposed to "Delete all of a person's data you have received from us (including friend data) if that person asks you to, unless you are required to keep it by law, regulation, or separate agreement with us". (Stillwell's Cambridge email has been taken down and he did not immediately respond to The Outline's request for comment on Facebook).

The company has also built a website that notifies users if their data has been misused.

Of course, all this depends on Facebook's definitions of misuse.

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