Facebook unveils new steps to prevent future platform abuse
In a blog post, Facebook announced some "important steps for the future of our platform," namely steps that involve taking action on potential past abuse and putting stronger protections in place to prevent future abuse. "We're going to set a higher standard for how developers build on Facebook, what people should expect from them, and, most importantly, from us," the company said. The steps include investigating all apps that had access to large amounts of information before Facebook changed its platform in 2014 to reduce data access, and the company will conduct a full audit of any app with suspicious activity. "If we find developers that misused personally identifiable information, we will ban them from our platform," Facebook said. The company added that it it will inform people affected by apps that have misused their data, will turn off access for unused apps, and will restrict Facebook Login data. In addition, Facebook said that, in the coming weeks, it will expand is bug bounty program so that people can also report to Facebook if they find misuses of data by app developers. "There's more work to do, and we'll be sharing details in the coming weeks about additional steps we're taking to put people more in control of their data," Facebook said. "Some of these updates were already in the works, and some are related to new data protection laws coming into effect in the EU. This week's events have accelerated our efforts, and these changes will be the first of many we plan to roll out to protect people's information and make our platform safer."