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Facebook accused of security failing

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Facebook has been accused of deceiving developers after allegedly failing to verify the security of applications it was paid to review.

The social network is believed to have failed to carry out the expected security checks after receiving $95,000 (£60,600) from software designers whose programmes were submitted to its now-defunct verified apps scheme.

A probe by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) found that Facebook approved scores of applications without completing security tests, despite charging developers and organisations between $375 and $175 for the service.

"Facebook took no steps to verify either the security of a verified application's website or the security the application provided for the user information it collected, beyond such steps as it may have taken regarding any other Platform Application," read the FTC report.

The FTC also claimed that Facebook users could have been misled as a result of the security lapse, with many assuming the software they were accessing had been subjected to stringent testing.

Facebook, who pulled the plug on its verified apps scheme in 2009, reached a settlement with the FTC last week, and must now allow an independent watchdog to carry out regular security checks on the website over the next 20 years.

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