(Belgium) Facebook has confirmed on Wednesday that it has paid users, including young people, to skip their habits on their smartphone, while ensuring that it is done in a fully transparent way, a revelation that has caused Apple's anger.
The social network responded to information from the US TechCrunch website that volunteers aged between 13 and 35 were virtually unable to pay US $ 20 a month to know exactly what they were exposing themselves to. agreeing to participate. Facebook does not deny that this program has been charged against remuneration, but insists that users who have agreed to participate have done so with full knowledge of the facts. "Less than 5% of people who agreed to participate in this market research program were teenagers," said the group, recalling that the program was explicitly referred to as the "Facebook Research App". "Everyone had a written permission from their parents," said a social network representative in a brief statement. Apple has responded firmly to this information, saying that Facebook has "clearly violated" its agreements on the use of research applications, which are likely to remain internally within companies. The Apple brand in this process has blocked the ability of Facebook employees to check iPhone apps by removing the electronic certificate. Apple has also announced that it has suspended the app on its mobile device. But according to the company 's insider business website, Business Insider, it also blocks iPhone applications that are used daily by Facebook employees and allow them to communicate with each other or book their seats in a bus company. "We developed + Enterprise Developer Program +, providing organizations with local distribution only." Facebook used its participation (from this program) to distribute a data collection application to consumers who clearly violate their agreement with Apple, ”wrote AFP. (Belgian)