Kate Conger, Gabriel J.X. Dance, and Mike Isaac, reporting for The New York Times:
Facebook said on Friday that it had suspended tens of thousands of
apps for improperly sucking up users’ personal information and
other transgressions, a tacit admission that the scale of its data
privacy issues was far larger than it had previously acknowledged.
The social network said in a blog post that an investigation
it began in March 2018 — following revelations that Cambridge
Analytica, a British consultancy, had retrieved and used people’s
Facebook information without their permission — had resulted in
the suspension of “tens of thousands” of apps that were associated
with about 400 developers. That was far bigger than the last
number that Facebook had disclosed of 400 app suspensions
in August 2018.
400 apps, 10,000 apps, what’s the difference?
If these privacy violations weren’t so serious, and if Facebook weren’t so powerful and influential to the daily lives of billions, it would be comical the way they vastly underestimate any and all privacy or security problems, only to come back months later with a more accurate number. They do it every time, and the errors are always in the direction of underreporting severity.
★ Monday, 23 September 2019