Facebook is being punished by Apple on the App Store
Recently Apple blocked an application which was published on the store by Facebook because of policy violations which irritate not only the general user but also the people who downloaded the application.
TechCrunch recently reported about Facebook breaking apple’s policies meaning that the enterprise system is being misused for other purposes rather than using it for internal testing or team use cases.
The research app which was violating the rules of Apple App Store was collecting data from users in between the age of 13–35 (5% of teenagers) for a cost of $20 per month. The application had access to their root information including browser history, WhatsApp and it could even access encrypted network usage.
It’s a shame that a company like Facebook is trying to access all these data from the root access even though they had enough from the Cambridge analytica scandal. The professionals at Facebook should’ve done this intentionally because such a giant violating Apple’s App Store policies are unbelievable.
Official words from Apple
“We designed our Enterprise Developer Program solely for the internal distribution of apps within an organization. Facebook has been using their membership to distribute a data-collecting app to consumers, which is a clear breach of their agreement with Apple. Any developer using their enterprise certificates to distribute apps to consumers will have their certificates revoked, which is what we did in this case to protect our users and their data”
A similar app called Onavo VPN was removed by Apple for accessing data from the users which also used to break policies was run by Facebook. The social media giant is consistently inviting privacy troubles and using their customers the “worst” way possible.
Cannot be justified, makes a lot of nonsense.