Facebook India: Cracking Down on Platform Abuse

Facebook announces a host of actionable plans going forward

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg has announced some important steps for the future of the platform. These steps involve taking action on potential past abuse and putting stronger protections in place to prevent future abuse.

Here's a summary of the announcement:

Review the platform. Facebook will investigate all apps that had access to large amounts of information before it changed the platform in 2014 to reduce data access. It will conduct a full audit of any app with suspicious activity. If it finds developers that misused personally identifiable information, it will ban them from the platform.

Tell people about data misuse. Facebook will tell people affected by apps that have misused their data. This includes building a way for people to know if their data might have been accessed via “thisisyourdigitallife.” Moving forward, if we remove an app for misusing data, we will tell everyone who used it.

Turn off access for unused apps. If someone hasn’t used an app within the last three months, we will turn off the app’s access to their information.

Restrict Facebook Login data. We are changing Login, so that in the next version, we will reduce the data that an app can request without app review to include only name, profile photo and email address. Requesting any other data will require our approval.

Encourage people to manage the apps they use. We already show people what apps their accounts are connected to and control what data they’ve permitted those apps to use. Going forward, we’re going to make these choices more prominent and easier to manage.

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