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A good list of how Facebook tried to hide information about you

As we learned last year, Facebook has the habit of hiding customer information to improve its own products and services and then apologize when the world finds out. There have been several cases that point out the company will go any length to learn more about its users. This is worrying for several reasons, but it is particularly worrying as the company still has enormous potential to reach billions of users.

Here's a comprehensive list of known Facebook attempts to gather information for your own needs. It does not include incidents such as fiery Cambridge Analytica last year, in which the wrong steps of the company allowed the third party to lose their personal information.

Pay $ 20 for teens for how to use their phones

The first is the latest discovery by TechCrunch, which states that the social network pays $ 20 a month for teenagers to install an intriguing application to track the habit of using the phone. She has been tracking private messages in social media applications, talking with instant messaging apps, including photos and videos, emails, web searches, web browsing activities, and even current location information.

To achieve this, Facebook opted for the non-sales route of the App Store and asked testers to use alternative application testing platforms such as Betabound, uTest and Applause. The program asked users to install the Facebook Research application from a specific URL instead of the App Store, and then grant extensive activity tracking permissions on their phones.

In your TechCrunch report have found that the Facebook Research application has some similarities with the Facebook application of Onavo VPN (which Apple banned). However, in the statement for TNW, the company denied that the Research application was rebuilt with the Onavo version. _ (ツ) _ / ¯

Facebook told TNW that only 5 percent of Atlas project participants – the Facebook name assigned to this initiative to move away from their efforts to collect data – were teenagers. That's strange, given that TechCrunch found out that the uTest ran the campaigns on Instagram and Snapchat for "paid social media research" specifically aimed at young people. TNW also found Reddit's posts with the Atlas Project Application Instructions.

Credits: TechCrunch