Facebook says that even after it locked its Groups system last year, some app developers retained inappropriate access to member information. A company blog post reports that around 100 developers may have had access to user information since Facebook changed its rules in April 2018, and at least 11 access data from members in the last 60 days. It says it has now cut off all partners from that data.
Facebook group administrators can use third-party tools & # 39; s to manage their groups and provide apps with information about the activity. Since last year's changes, developers should not be able to see individual member names, profile pictures & other unspecified profile information. Facebook platform partnerships chief Konstantinos Papamiltiadis says a recent security survey has revealed that some apps still had access.
Papamiltiadis says there is no evidence that partners have abused their access, but he says that Facebook has asked them to remove incorrectly obtained information and will perform audits to confirm that they have disappeared.
Facebook has not disclosed the names of these approximately 100 developers. Papamiltiadis only says that the apps were primarily social media management and video streaming apps designed to help group managers manage their groups more effectively and help members share videos with their groups. & # 39; We also do not know exactly what information was involved in addition to names and photos, nor how many users and groups served the apps.
Facebook has locked the API application interface (Groups application) as part of a common performance after the Cambridge Analytics data exchange scandal. It added rules that developers should get Facebook approval before using the Groups API has re-launched the system with new features in July, suggesting that it was really trying to implement surveillance – so it's a bit surprising that these apps have slipped through the cracks.