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(Reuters) ― Facebook Inc has to this level suspended spherical 200 apps in the first stage of its review into apps that had gain entry to to special portions of user files, in a response to a scandal spherical political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

The apps had been suspended pending an intensive investigation into whether or not they misused any files, said Ime Archibong, Facebook’s vice president of product partnerships.

Facebook said it has looked into hundreds of apps as section of an investigation that Chief Executive Officer Sign Zuckerberg announced on March 21.

Zuckerberg had said the social network will investigate all apps that had gain entry to to special amounts of files sooner than the firm curtailed files gain entry to in 2014.

“There’s plot more work to be done to receive the final apps that would possibly also salvage misused folks’s Facebook files – and this can gain time,” Archibong said. “We now salvage got monumental groups of internal and external consultants working arduous to investigate these apps as rapidly as conceivable.”

Facebook became hit by the privateness scandal in mid-March after media reports that Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed files to gain profiles on American voters and affect the 2016 presidential election.

The incident resulted in backlash from celebrities and resulted in the firm losing billions in market worth. Zuckerberg apologized for the errors his firm made and testified sooner than the U.S. lawmakers.

The firm, on the opposite hand, regained mighty of its lost market worth after it reported an incredibly stable Sixty three percent upward thrust in earnings and an amplify in customers when it announced quarterly outcomes on April 25.

Shares of the firm had been up zero.four percent at $187.65 in premarket shopping and selling on Monday.

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Reporting by Supantha Mukherjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty and Arun Koyyur