Apple put privacy of its users primarily and decided blocking internal Facebook apps so they do not work on iOS, after a few controversial practices who carried the social network of Mark Zuckerberg.
Specifically, Apple decided Drag a Business Developer Application Certificate to Facebook, which prevents it distributes iOS internal applications without going through the process of reviewing the App Store to the giant of social networks.
This is not the first time Apple and Facebook have argued about the privacy of users. (Photo: LOIC VENANCE / AFP)
This it does not mean that they stop working applications like Facebook, Instagram o WhatsApp, but on preliminary and beta versions, as well as other applications used internally among thousands of Facebook employees as a transport application and another to choose the menu during lunch.
Why the decision was made
On aggressive Apple's response came after it became known that Facebook used an application to spy on how their teens are used between 13 and 17 years old, who enrolled in the program and paid them about $ 20 a month.
The application that was used was Facebook research, and under that title, as TechCrunch discovers, there was in fact one kind spyware which he sent to the giant of Menlo Park Full information on using the smartphone: the installed applications, the usage that was given to each of them, or the browsing history. Facebook has distributed the application without going through the Apple store thanks to Apple's development certificate.
The practice of using spyware It was already used by Zuckerberg, who in 2013 bought Onavo Protect, basically spyware that helped him see the behavior of your users and take it strategic decisions in the design of the social network or the acceleration of acquisition of WhatsApp in 2014
Apple has decided to withdraw the Facebook application developer's certificate, which prevents it from distributing internal iOS applications. (Photo: LOIC VENANCE / AFP)
In a statement given to Recode, Apple said that Facebook is in "Clear breach of contract with Apple". Any developer who violates this agreement, said Cupertino giant, your distribution certificates have been revoked, "what we did in this case to protect our users and their data".
Apple and Facebook were already discussing privacy, but this is the first time the manzanite company has identified an action that directly blocks some of the activities on Facebook.
In March, Apple's CEO, Tim CookHe criticized the way Facebook manages the Data Exchange scandal for Cambridge Analytics, saying that "I will not be in this situation" if I was at the helm of the company. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg later said the comments were "Extremely simplified" and he talked about Apple as a company that "Work hard to charge more".
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