Facebook can’t seem to avoid data and privacy controversies no matter what positive steps forward it takes. Last spring, the social media giant made significant changes to its rules regarding how developers could access user data. Still, according to a blog post from the company this week, about 100 developers may have accessed user information since the rule changes, and at least 11 have accessed the data in the last 60 days.
Facebook didn’t name any of the apps, though it did say that they were mostly related to video streaming and social media management. The company was also quick to say that it doesn’t think this flaw has been exploited by bad actors.
“Although we’ve seen no evidence of abuse, we will ask them to delete any member data they may have retained and we will conduct audits to confirm that it has been deleted,” Facebook said.
This is a fairly minor infraction as far as Facebook’s scandals go, but it’s still the same fundamental problem that has dogged the company for years. After all, it was these same underlying privacy flaws that led to the Cambridge Analytica scandal last spring, and a $5 billion fine from the FTC. So while Facebook seems to be making gradual improvements, it’s still a long way from solving its issues.
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