App "Shutdown" – Apple Blocked Facebook – Is It Soon Google?
Apple punishes Facebook with the exclusion of an important software developer program. And Google is also reported to be bad luck because around iPhone apps on controls.
Apple has made drastic measures to reveal on Facebook controversial research applications. The Facebook group can no longer distribute internal iOS apps to employees or other people, Apple has blocked the appropriate digital certificates. This was reported by The Verge on Wednesday.
Prevent Misunderstanding: "Shutdown" does not affect apps available in the App Store. but:
Unnamed source, a familiar situation, told the US Technology Blog that pre-release versions of Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and other development applications are no longer working.
Appropriate applications that Facebook employees use only in the company, such as transportation or meal in the staff canteen.
Facebook has internally dealt with this issue as a "critical issue," because affected apps are no longer working on device employees (iPhones, iPads, and Macs).
Did Google also trick?
It seems that Facebook is not the only company that exploits the Apple system, said Tech Crunch Wednesday night. Google has also approved App Store on non-company devices.
Google has called an app on iPhone Network meter which has a strong resemblance to Facebook's research application. So with an app that has been blocked since then by Apple.
Originally Screenwise was accessible to users over the age of 13 as well as Facebook research. Meanwhile, Google must be the main user of 18 – but smaller members of the family could also be involved.
Just like Facebook, Google also attracts volunteers with financial incentives. You should install a VPN application to track and evaluate traffic. As a reward for participating in the online market research program, she selected coupon cards.
Although Google is more transparent than Facebook, as far as the way data collection works, Tech Crunch still violates Apple's policy.
The Apple spokesman has previously said that the company will not tolerate any breach.
"We are proposing our Enterprise Developer Program for internal distribution of applications within the organization, and Facebook is using its membership to distribute a data collection application to consumers, a clear violation of their agreement with Apple." What we do in this case to protect our users and their data."
What was the trigger?
Tech Crunch announced Wednesday that Facebook had Enterprise Developer which Apple used to install a "research" application on iPhones for adolescents.
For a monthly fee of US $ 20, adults have allowed the group complex access to the VPN application. The research application has been able to send all online Facebook activity, including conversations in chat services, uploaded photos, addresses of websites visited, and places of residence. And shopping at Amazon should reveal items.
The iOS app used for tracking violates the privacy guidelines tightened by Apple 2018.
How do applications distribute out of application storage?
apple Enterprise Developer It is designed for third-party organizations and developers to make applications available to a limited group of users outside of application storage. These so-called "Business Applications" are for internal use only, for example for testing purposes, such as beta testing.
"Apple does not review and approve these apps just as they do in the App Store, as they can only download them to employees who work for the app creator."
Because Facebook did not comply with this rule, Apple has revoked digital certificates to enable such apps to run on iOS devices.
"Canceling the certificate not only prevents the distribution of iOS applications but also works because internal applications from the same company or developer can be linked to a single certificate can lead to the huge headache that Facebook has today, internal applications. "
Between Facebook and Apple, that was already the tension in 2018. Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, criticized Facebook Mark Zuckerberg's head publicly after realizing the data scandal surrounding Cambridge Analytica. He needs a legal regulation for Facebook.
How does Facebook react?
Facebook originally sounded in the statements as if it voluntarily disabled the controversial iPhone app. You'll want to continue using the app on Android.
The group has not yet announced whether it has violated the provisions of the Apple Developer Program Developer. On the other hand, it is emphasized that the Youth Market Research Program has been in place since 2016 and in the right context. Children only attended with parental consent.
American Recode recalls that Facebook relies on Apple to deliver its applications (Instagram, WhatsApp, etc.) to iPhone users around the world.
Apple is unlikely to remove Facebook, Instagram or WhatsApp from the App Store, writes Recode. But it will be interesting to see if Apple is trying to punish Facebook in another way.
The same could soon apply to Google and its equally popular iOS apps.
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