Apple revokes Facebook’s developer credentials

Remember that Research app that went viral at some point? Well it looks like it has gotten facebook in trouble with Apple.

This Following the report that Facebook is paying teens to allow them monitor their phones via an unsettling “research” app. – This app Facebook Research” VPN that lets the company suck in all of a user’s phone and web activity, similar to Facebook’s Onavo Protect app that Apple banned in June and that was removed in August.

Here, Facebook sidesteps the App Store and rewards teenagers and adults to download the Research app and give it root access to network traffic in what may be a violation of Apple policy so the social network can decrypt and analyze their phone activity, a TechCrunch investigation confirms.

It went further to report that, Since 2016, Facebook has been paying users ages 13 to 35 up to $20 per month plus referral fees to sell their privacy by installing the iOS or Android “Facebook Research” app. Facebook even asked users to screenshot their Amazon order history page. The program is administered through beta testing services Applause, BetaBound and uTest to cloak Facebook’s involvement, and is referred to in some documentation as “Project Atlas” — a fitting name for Facebook’s effort to map new trends and rivals around the globe.

This has in turn made Apple pulled off Facebook’s Enterprise Certificate. with this penalty, Facebook can no longer access its internal iOS apps, such as pre-release versions of Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger, “as well as the employee apps for coordinating commutes or seeing the day’s lunch schedule,” says techcrunch

There have been questions on how facebook went about its research program and this hammer from Apple has implications.

1.Facebook can’t distribute apps internally,

2. it also basically bricks these apps – Facebook undoubtedly relies on dozens of sideloaded beta apps- and according to multiple reports, this latest development is causing serious problems amongst Facebook employees.

This Chaos has put facebook once again on the spotlight and when it comes to future IOS apps it might have to go through App Store review – if this isn’t resolved as soon as possible.

Multiple reports also say facebook is working closely with Apple to reinstate their most critical internal apps as soon as possible.