Facebook is paying users to spy on their smartphones
January 30, 2019

Would you do it?

A report by TechCrunch mentioned that Facebook is reportedly paying some users $20 a month to let them install a secret app that is used to gather data on how they use their devices.

The so-called Facebook Research app has been used since 2016, with the social media giant paying teens and adults to install it on their Android or iOS devices. It also added that the app was distributed under a beta testing program to hide its true intentions.

TechCrunch added that the app contains code that would collect data from messages on various social media apps along with all the media that was shared. The app would also track location information plus get location data from other apps.

Facebook confirmed the existence of the app, saying that it is all part of market research to help ‘make things better’. A spokesperson said that the app also helps Facebook learn more about how people use mobile devices, with information being presented to the user on what data they’d be collecting with an assurance that it will not be shared to anyone.

Still, after the recent privacy issues that have plagued the social media company in the past year, this recent revelation would still raise an eyebrow for most users.

Would you willingly install an app to spy on you if you get paid? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Passionate for all things tech - you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of Blu-ray discs and occasionally plays on his Xbox.
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