Facebook has shut down Onavo, its controversial data collecting and spying app. The app, which masqueraded as a VPN that offered users greater privacy, had been a covert way for Facebook to spy on users and monitor their activities.
For those of you who are out of the loop, here’s a quick rundown: Facebook offered a free VPN app called Onavo on the Apple App Store and Google Play. Unsurprisingly, Facebook spied on everyone who used that app. This has been going on for a few years, and it’s had real-world implications. According to one report, the data Facebook collected through Onavo revealed that WhatsApp was sending over twice as many messages per day as Messenger, which eventually led to the social networking behemoth acquiring WhatsApp for more than $16 billion.
Facebook turns to another app
Facebook’s (reluctant) decision to discontinue Onavo is a good sign for privacy… Maybe? However, Facebook says that it will focus on an app called Facebook Research in the future. Facebook Research, which was violently removed from the Apple App Store last month, is an app that pays users $20 a month to be spied on. As you can imagine, most Facebook Research users are kids that haven’t realized the value of their privacy. Anyway, Facebook Research is still available on Google Play, but it isn’t accepting new users right now.
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