California: In response to Facebook’s practice of paying users to give access to their device usage through an app, Apple expressed its angst in its own way; by disabling the company from distributing the controversial ‘Research App’.
But that’s not all. Apple also appears to have stopped Facebook from distributing all apps associated with its enterprise developer programme, Recode reported.
The app was found to be in violation of Apple’s App Store guidelines. The company allows developers to publish certain apps for their own employees but not to the public due to their excessive control on the user data.
Facebook clearly abused the guidelines to distribute the Research App to gain usage data through non-employees.
With Apple’s restrictions, all the special versions of Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp that Facebook employees use to test will not work on iPhones. It also means other internal Facebook apps aren’t working on iOS, including Workplace.
Basically, Apple broke down Facebook internally. The company confirmed that its internal apps have been impacted by the decision and it is working with the iPhone maker to resolve the issue.