Technology site Techcrunch reported that since 2016 and in exchange for $ 20 a month, Facebook has been following the behavior on the Internet, including the contents of chats and emails of users aged 13 to 35 years through the application.
Software available for mobile phones running Android and iOS, it's called Facebook Research and is available for download from 2016,
Techcrunch assured that even those who joined this data collection program were asked to screenshot of shopping history on Amazon.
From my side, Bbc He said that the application has already been removed from the Apple store, the site used to download iPhone applications.
Bbc he said that The application has the ability to provide Facebook the content of private messages in chat rooms (including their photos and videos), the content of emails, navigation history, which applications are installed on the equipment and information about the places visited, as well as other data.
Scandals are not new to Facebook. In May 2018, they discovered that consulting company Cambridge Analytica used a platform to obtain data on 87 million people. The information would be used in the US presidential election in favor of Donald Trump.
Over the course of several weeks, it was discovered that the number of affected users could have been even greater. How did it happen? A professor at a Russian university named Alexander Kogan in 2014 created a profile through Facebook. About 270 thousand users answered questions and are authorized to provide their personal data. With just one click, they also gave information about their "friends." Thus, the data collected were 50 million questionnaires. Kogan sold this stream to Cambridge Analytica for 800 thousand dollars.
Cambridge Analytica would be created to develop a strategy that would lead Donald Trump to the White House. It is assumed that the profiles of 50 million Facebook users allowed “to identify the identity of voters and influence their behavior,” as reported in his article on New York Times, In a statement for this newspaper, the consultant admitted that he had received the data, although he accused Kogan of violating Facebook’s rules and said that he deleted the information as soon as he found out about the problem two years ago.