Instagram and Facebook may become paid. Apps were banned from spying on users
We all know that Facebook is one of the most impudent social networks, collecting the largest amounts of data from users’ smartphones. Facebook, along with its Instagram and WhatsApp, use this information to show people relevant ads and make money by selling them to other corporations. But recently, Mark Zuckerberg was given a set of spokes – Apple in the latest iOS 14.5 update severely limited the ability to collect data without the knowledge of users.
Now applications to collect any information from the iPhone need to ask its owner for a separate permission. And the latter is free to limit all surveillance, simply by not giving the go-ahead for the corresponding request. At the same time, the software itself continues to function if access to data is not required to perform its basic functions.
Whether you like it or not, Facebook will have to comply with Apple’s new policy if the company wants to distribute its applications through the AppStore. But the social network does not intend to lose income in the face of iPhone and iPad owners.
“This version of iOS requires us to request permission to track certain data from this device in order to improve ads for you. We use information about your actions from other apps and sites to serve you more personalized ads, help keep Facebook and Instagram free, and support businesses that rely on ads to increase customer reach. “
It looks like a plea and a threat at the same time. Be so kind as to turn on surveillance, because we collect personal data for your benefit, not because we make money from it. But the line about “keep free” is much more interesting. Probably, the company is seriously considering the possibility of transferring its projects to a paid basis if they cease to bring enough money in the form in which they exist now.