Apple put the privacy of its users above all else and decided block Facebook's built-in apps so they do not run on iOS, after several controversial practices who carried forward the social network of Mark Zuckerberg.
Specifically, Apple decided to to remove your business application developer certificate for Facebookwhat prevents it distribute internal apps on iOS without going through the process of reviewing the App Store for the social networking giant.
This is not the first time that Apple and Facebook have discussed users' privacy. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP)
That This does not mean they stop working. applications as Facebook, Instagram O Whatsapp, but the preliminary and beta versions, as other applications which are used internally among Facebook's thousands of employees, as a transport application and another to choose from the menu at lunchtime.
Why the decision was made
O aggressive Apple's response came after it was learned that Facebook was using an app for to spy on as their teens used between 13 and 17 years, who enrolled in a program and paid about $ 20 a month.
The application used was Facebook Search, and under that title, as TechCrunch revealed, there was actually a kind of spy software which he sent to the giant of Menlo Park Complete information about using your smartphone: the installed applications, the use that was given to each one or the browsing history. Facebook distributed this app without going through the Apple Store thanks to Apple's developer certificate.
The practice of using spy software It had already been used by Zuckerberg, who in 2013 acquired Onavo Protect, basically spyware that helped him see the behavior of your users and take strategic decisions in the design of the social network or WhatsApp acquisition in 2014
Apple has decided to withdraw its corporate application developer certificate for Facebook, which prevents the distribution of internal applications on iOS. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP)
In a statement given to Recode, Apple said that Facebook was in "Clear breach of your agreement with Apple". Any developer who violates this agreement, said the Cupertino giant, your distribution certificates are revoked"what we did in this case to protect our users and their data."
Apple and Facebook have already been discussing privacy, but this is the first time that the manzanita company determines an action that directly blocks some of Facebook's activities.
In March, Apple's CEO, Tim CookHe criticized Facebook's handling of the Cambridge Analytica data-scandal, saying "I would not be in this situation" if I were in charge of the company. Facebook executive director Mark Zuckerberg later said that the comments "Extremely simplistic" and he talked about Apple as a company that "Work hard to charge more".
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