Facebook’s Study app will pay you for your data

Cornelia Mascio
Giugno 13, 2019

Facebook has rolled out a new Study from Facebook marketing research program that involves users downloading an app to collect data from their phone.

Facebook said it will use the information it collects to help develop its own products. For now, the app will only be available in the United States and India. In some cases, the app reportedly targeted users as young as 13-years old.

Apple responded by banning the app from its app store and revoking certain developer privileges, explaining that Facebook had violated Apple's policies. The social media giant has been frowned upon (to put it lightly) for the way it handles user data. "We plan to take this same approach going forward with other market research projects that help us understand how people use different products and services", Ben-Zedeff said, hinting that the company is working on more market research projects.

Facebook may have once been the top downloaded app on mobile phones but with new players like TikTok entering the market, the social networking seems to want to hedge its bets. Last year, a slew of documents released by the United Kingdom parliament revealed that Facebook used its now-defunct VPN app, Onavo, to track competitors through data it collected from users.

So what is it that Facebook will be needing from you?

Once up and running the app will periodically remind participants they are part of the Study program. That's all great, but at least according to some of our AC forum members, Facebook's tarnished reputation for privacy has pushed them away from the app. With its previous research app, Facebook paid users $20 monthly in gift cards.

Facebook said Study would not collect user IDs, passwords, or content, including photos, videos, or messages.

Information obtained from this app will not be sold to third parties or used to target advertisement, Facebook confirmed in the statement.
Facebook says that only people above the age of 18 will be eligible to participate, and all participants will have the option to opt out at any time. A Facebook account isn't required.

Moreover, media reports also claimed that Facebook even asked users to screenshot their Amazon order history pages. You can register by clicking on the ad and if you are qualified, you will be invited to join the app.

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