Facebook reveals third-party app data-sharing issue

According to Bloomberg, in a breach of policies adopted in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook mistakenly shared some users’ personal data with outside developers for a longer period of time than promised. According to ZDNet, Facebook added at the time a new mechanism to its API that prevented apps from accessing a user’s data if it was not used for more than 90 days. However, Facebook recently discovered that in some instances, this safety mechanism failed to activate and allowed some apps to continue accessing user information even past the 90-day cut-off date. The company said that it continued sharing user data with approximately 5000 developers even after their application’s access expired.