Facebook wants your data so bad it'll pay you for it

Andrew Cummings
June 13, 2019

The mobile app will, on the other hand, will be looking into what apps a user has installed, how time a user spends on a particular app and app activity names - basically, the kind of the actions you're performing within an app.

Study comes after Apple cracked down on Facebook in June 2018 and again in January 2019 for similar apps that paid users as young as 13 for extensive data on their phone usage.

Not everyone can sign up to the system - Facebook is running ads for the program, and if you see one you can register with your information, after which Facebook will choose which applicants are eligible to download the app.

The app is now only available on the Google Play Store and not on the Apple App Store, so only Android users can register for it.


You can find out more about the program over on the Study from Facebook page, although you won't find any information about the sort of level of compensation you might expect to receive. Transparency and handling people's information responsibly have guided how we've built Study from Facebook.

Facebook said it will use the information it collects to help develop its own products.

The research app allows users who are 18 and older to participate and can be opted out anytime they want.

Messenger is chock-full of features, and in recent months, the app's received a visual refresh to make it much easier on the eyes. Right now, the program will be available only in the US and India.


The country you live in, the device you use and the type of network your phone runs on.

However, the company said in an official statement that the app does not collect user IDs, passwords and other content on the participant's phone such as photos, videos, or messages. Legislation and privacy advocates have already blamed Facebook for quashing competition by acquiring competitors apps and copying features.

"Approaching market research in a responsible way is important".

Though the Study app will not be integrated into Facebook's user accounts, it will get access to users' Facebook information like their age, gender, and how they use Facebook products. However, the post does not mention how much a user will be paid for sharing his phone's information, which Facebook promises will not be given out to any outside company, or third-party developers.


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