NEWSLETTER: 200 Apps Barred By Facebook & Employees Quit Google Over Military Project

NEWSLETTER: 200 Apps Barred By Facebook & Employees Quit Google Over Military Project

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“There must be, not a balance of power, but a community of power; not organized rivalries, but an organized peace”.  – Woodrow Wilson

FACEBOOK SUSPENDS AROUND 200 SUSPICIOUS APPS

THE STORY

In an update of app investigation and audit, Facebook announced that till date thousands of apps have been investigated under suspicion of data theft. As a result, around 200 Facebook apps have been suspended, due to involvementin Cambridge Analytica Scandal.

WHY THIS WAS DONE?

After Cambridge Analytica Scandal, which came up earlier this year, Facebook announced that they will take action and will do the audit of third-party apps and developers, who used apps to extract and give Facebook user data to the organization for targeting political ads and for other purposes as well.

On March 22, CEO Mark Zuckerberg, wrote in an Facebook post, 

“We will investigate all apps that had access to large amounts of information before we changed our platform to dramatically reduce data access in 2014, and we will conduct a full audit of any app with suspicious activity.”

He also added, “We will ban any developer from our platform that does not agree to a thorough audit. And if we find developers that misused personally identifiable information, we will ban them and tell everyone affected by those apps.”

This step was taken after this post was published by the Facebook’s CEO. Currently, they are concentrating on apps from and before 2014.

AND WHAT WERE THE RESULTS?

Within two months of the announcement, Facebook’s Ime Archibong, VP of Product Partnerships, posted on FB regarding the update on app investigation and audit. In which he wrote,

“The investigation process is in full swing. We have large teams of internal and external experts working hard to investigate these apps as quickly as possible. To date thousands of apps have been investigated and around 200 have been suspended, pending a thorough investigation into whether they did in fact misuse any data. Where we find evidence that these or other apps did misuse data, we will ban them and notify people via this website.

He also wrote, “There is a lot more work to be done to find all the apps that may have misused people’s Facebook data – and it will take time. We are investing heavily to make sure this investigation is as thorough and timely as possible. We will keep you updated on our progress.”

Now that it seems like Facebook is working on the word of mouth given earlier. This investigation will help and result in estimating how big the problem was and how much data was lost. This step from Facebook will definitely bring back some faith and trust of users.

GOOGLE EMPLOYEES QUIT TO EXPRESS THEIR DISCONTENT

THE STORY

Around the dozen Google employees reportedly resigned due to company’s help in providing Artificial Intelligence to US military for the drone program in Pentagon called Project Maven and ethical concerns as well.

WHAT’S THE ISSUE?

According to reports, around 4000 employees signed a petition to show their discontent with the company’s involvement with US military in the drone project. In which, they have also demanded that company will no longer be involved in any military work in coming future.

When the employees who resigned, were asked about the issue, they said that, transparency is gone, executives aren’t interested in listening to worker’s opinion. They are against the business decisions made by company and the decision of helping US Army with the artificial intelligence in building drones.

WHAT ARE THE DEMANDS?

In an open letter to, Larry Page (CEO of Alphabet), Sundar Pichai (CEO of Google), Diane Greene (CEO of Google Cloud), Fei-Fei Li (Chief Scientist of AI/ML) and Vice President, Google Cloud, employees mentioned the demands that were:

  • Terminate its Project Maven contract with the DoD.
  • Commit not to develop military technologies, nor to allow the personal data it has collected to be used for military operations.
  • Pledge to neither participate in nor support the development, manufacture, trade or use of autonomous weapons; and to support efforts to ban autonomous weapons.

As such there is no confirmation about the resignations from Google.

Anuj is a content writer for Systweak and being from an engineering background, likes to get more in-depth with technology and gadgets. He likes playing video games and reading in his free time.

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