The news might be another embarrassment for Facebook, which is subject to increased concern that it is unable to prevent its platform from being manipulated.
WASHINGTON – Facebook paid users, including teens, to track their smartphone performance as part of their efforts to gain more data that could help social networking efforts, in accordance with a new report that may create new privacy issues.
A study by the online news website TechCrunch indicated that efforts known as the Onavo project and subsequently republished as Facebook Research were used to gather data on usage patterns.
The news could be another embarrassment for Facebook, which is subject to an increased test of being unable to prevent manipulation of its platform and share private data with its business partners.
According to TechCrunch, Facebook said that on Wednesday after the article was published, a closed application for Apple iOS, but apparently it was active for Android users.
The program pays users between the ages of 13 and 35 up to $ 20 per month for root access to their devices to track their location, application usage, spending habits, and other activities.
According to TechCrunch, Facebook argued that nothing is a mystery of effort and that it has obtained parental consent from teens if necessary.
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The project may have allowed Facebook to accumulate more data for younger users as it challenges the challenge of competing services such as "TIME", which has become more popular than Facebook among US teens.