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Facebook paid teenagers $ 20 a month for all their data



In a cash economy like ours, we would be tempted to shout "Take my data !!" on Facebook if they want to pay you, but unfortunately it turns out to be another huge scandal for a social media giant that does not seem to have avoided mistakes.


So what exactly did they do this time?

It turned out that Facebook secretly paid people to install a "research VPN" that would allow the company to look at the phone and web activity of a person. This app worked similarly to Onavo -Facebook's VPN, which was later disabled. He watched everything on the apps you use on web traffic and data. This recently discovered "research application" worked quite similarly, except that the application was actually under radar.


After Apple banned Onavo, Facebook turned to an app that rewarded adolescents and even adults who wanted it to get root access to the phones. From 2016, users between 13-35 years old paid up to $ 20 / month + referral fees to sell their privacy by installing this application. The application went so far as to require users to download and send their order history pages to Amazon. Apple has removed an app from the App Store, but is still available on Android (I have not found it yet).

Big deal?

This is tricky, Facebook has obtained the user's consent, but then there are other ethical questions that are emerging. "Does the 13-year old's consent really matter?" I think people who are investigating this will feel that Facebook has manipulated the younger audience in their research fund. Given that the company was in 2018 a year, it seems that the company is still less ethical, because after the scandal waded the scandal.

If Facebook really cares about user privacy, these scandals would not happen. Do you think Facebook's business model is an ad and it really did not go hand in hand with protecting the privacy of users, so if you continue to use Facebook, you have to be in peace with the likelihood that your data is likely to be somehow misused …


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