Facebook shuts down Onavo, the controversial data collection app. But the company plans to continue spying-like research in the future.
For those of you who are out of the loop, here is a quick review. Facebook offered a free VPN app called Onavo on Apple's App Store and Google Play. Not surprisingly, Facebook spied on anyone who used that app. This has been going on for a few years, and it has had real consequences. According to Buzzfeed, data obtained by Onovo is the main reason why Facebook bought WhatsApp.
Facebook (reluctantly) decision to cancel Onavo is a good sign of integrity … Maybe? Facebook says it will focus on an app called Facebook Research in the future. Facebook Research, which was violently hit by the Apple App Store last month, is an app that pays users $ 20 per month to be spied. As you can imagine, most Facebook Research users are children who have not realized the value of their privacy.
Facebook Research is still available on Google Play, but it does not accept new users right now. As Facebook continues to support existing Onavo users, it is reasonable to assume that the company also supports remaining Facebook Research users.
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via The Verge