Yesterday we heard that Facebook were using an their Facebook Research VPN app and paying people to collect data on them.
TechCrunch broke the story and this cause Facebook to remove the app, although Apple has been less than impressed with Facebook and has now revoked their certificates, which means that none of Facebook’s internal apps work. You can see an official statement from Apple below.
“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.”
This may not sound like a big deal but it is apparently causing chaos at Facebook as these internal apps are used for everything, from pre-launch apps like Instagram that they are working on, to all of their internal apps used for basically everything within the company.
Apple are making an example of Facebook and so they should, Facebook basically used something that was designed for internal use only to collect data on consumers and then paid them for the data.
This is another PR nightmare for Facebook and the company has apparently reached out to Apple in an attempt to resolve the issue, it will be interesting to see what happens.