Facebook paused its program review procedure a week ago to implement new alterations, the firm quietly declared yesterday. Facebook’s move to prevent new programs and chatbots onto its stage comes following the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal that is unfolded within the last two weeks. The ongoing situation has embroiled the company in an existential crisis of unprecedented magnitude after up to 50 million Facebook user profiles have been jeopardized by a 3rd party program. A week ago, Facebook said it’ll further limit developer access to consumer information. Currently, Facebook seems to be reevaluating how it approves programs due to just how easily the next party survey program, called thisisyourdigitallife, was able to mine information and market with little to no supervision from Facebook, and for Cambridge Analytica to retain that information after asserting to the firm it’d deleted it.
To maintain the trust people put on Facebook when they share info, we’re making some upgrades to the way our system works, writes Ime Archibong, Facebook’s vice president of partnership. We know these changes aren’t easy, but we believe that these upgrades will assist mitigate any violation of trust with a broader developer ecosystem. Archibong also summarizes the modifications Facebook will do in the coming weeks, such as an in depth overview of our system, which involves a complete audit of any program with questionable action, and a procedure to inform users if an application they have access given to was removed for information abuse, among other protective measures. One co founder of an electronic agency took to Facebook to complain about the sudden pause, like seen by Mashable. Imagine hundreds of hours of work, tens to tens of thousand of dollars in investment capital, and dozens of customers disappearing at any given moment at the whims of a few lines of code, Troy Osinoff wrote, as he set his status to thinking about the significance of life.