The developer of an app banned from Facebook is refuting the company’s allegations that the app might have misused user data.
This week, Facebook announced that myPersonality app makers refused an audit -- and shared information with researchers and companies with very few protections in place. Facebook is now notifying about 4 million people who shared their information with myPersonality that their data might have been misused.
MyPersonality was a Facebook app that allowed its users to participate in psychological research by filling in a personality questionnaire. It also offered them feedback on their scores.
But the creator of myPersonality, David Stillwell, a deputy director at the Psychometrics Centre at the University of Cambridge, issued a statement to KQED denying Facebook’s claims. Stillwell says that, as part of his agreement with Facebook, the data were used for research purposes only. Stillwell also argues the app hasn’t been in use since 2012. The ban, he says, is purely cosmetic.
"Facebook has long been aware of the app’s use of data for research," Stillwell wrote in a statement to KQED.