(Belga) Facebook admitted Wednesday that it paid users, including young teenagers, for sharing their habits on a smartphone, while ensuring full transparency, and this discovery caused Apple's ire.
The social network responded to information from the TechCrunch website in the United States that for volunteers — ages 13 to 35, $ 20 a month — it was almost impossible to know for sure that they were exposed. agreeing to participate. Facebook does not deny the existence of this fee-for-profit program, but insists that users who agreed to participate did so with complete knowledge of the facts. “Less than 5% of people who agreed to participate in this market research program were teenagers,” the group said, recalling that this program was clearly called the Facebook Research App. “Everyone had written permission from their parents,” a social network spokesman said in a brief statement. Apple reacted strongly to this information, saying that Facebook "clearly violated" its agreements on the use of research applications, which are expected to remain internal to companies. The Apple brand in the process has blocked the possibility for Facebook employees to test “applications” on their iPhone, having canceled the electronic certificate of authorization. Apple also announced that it has suspended the “application” on its mobile devices. But according to the Business Insider Business Insider website, it also blocks other applications on the iPhone that are used daily by Facebook employees and which allow them to communicate with each other or reserve their seats on the space shuttles. the company. “We developed the + Enterprise Developer Program +, distributing applications only within the organization.” Facebook used its membership (this program) to distribute data collection applications to consumers, which clearly violates their agreement with Apple, ”the group wrote in an AFP email (Belga)