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Facebook caught paying users to access their devices

Facebook does not seem to be able to catch any breaks as it was recently discovered that the social network had been paying people on the side to let them gain total access to their mobile devices.

Purportedly, Facebook users between the age of 13 and 25 years were paid a monthly fee of USD 20 (MYR 82) on top of some referral fees to allow it install a “Facebook Research” VPN on their smartphones. Upon installation, the VPN lets Facebooks access to the users’ phone and online activity. The VPN is similar to the Onavo Protect app that was banned from Apple’s App store in 2018. The difference however, is that the “Facebook Research” app can be installed without the need to go through the Apple App Store. This alone violates Apple’s policy. It is worth noting that Facebook had previously acquired Onavo for USD 120mn. The Onavo Protect app was subsequently turned into the Facebook Research app.

Despite this coming to light, Facebook revealed it had intentions to stop gathering data on the participants’ data.

Source: Techcrunch

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