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Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and founder of Facebook Inc. attends the Viva Tech at the Exposition of the Porte de Versailles on May 24, 2018 in Paris, France
Apple has revoked some developer privileges from Facebook following TechCrunch report Tuesday that said Facebook was paying some users , including teenagers, to download an app provided by deep level of access to activity on a user's phone.
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An Apple spokesperson customs Facebook violated its policies by distributing "a data-collecting app to consumers." Apple has revoked Facebook's "enterprise certificates" that let it distribute the activity-tracking app to users.
"We designed our Enterprise Developer Program solely for the internal distribution of apps within an organization, "the spokesperson said." Facebook has been using their memberships to distribute a data-collecting app to consumers, which is a clear breach of their agreement with Apple. Any developer using their enterprise certificates to distribute applications to consumers will have their certificates revoked, which is what we did in this case to protect our users and their data. "Facebook will still be allowed to publish its apps in Apple's App Store Apple's software to distribute apps that have not been released yet. Under Apple's rules, developers can only distribute those apps to their own employees. But Facebook was distributing the data-collecting app. to people not employed by Facebook, they could also affect them publicly before releasing them publicly in Apple's App Store.
Facebook paid users between 13 and 35 up to $ 20 per month plus referral fees for participating in its research program by downloading the "Facebook Research" app on iOS or Android, TechCrunch reported. d through several beta testing services, which TechCrunch said helped mask Facebook's involvement in the program. Facebook disputed that its involvement was secretive and is ending the program through Apple.
Facebook's research app could potentially collect user data including private messages and photos sent to others through various messaging apps, web searches and location information, security expert Will Strafach or Guardian Mobile Firewall Customs TechCrunch.
A Facebook Spokesperson Customs CNBC, "Key Facts About This Market Research Program Are Being Ignored. Despite Early Reports, There Was Nothing 'Secret' About This; not 'spying' as all of the people who signed up to participate went through a clear on-boarding process asking for their permission and were paid to participate. research program was teens. All of them with signed parental consent forms. "
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