Facebook offers to pay if you'll let it study your online habits

In India, Facebook unveils new paid research program to track competitors, startups

Facebook Is Trying To Track Your Smartphone Usage Habits Again With The New Study App

You'll need to register for the program, after which Facebook will send you a link to its app on Google Play if you're selected to participate. A Facebook account isn't required. The company is working with Applause, which is handling some of the logistics of the program.

The app, launched Tuesday, keeps track of other apps installed on someone's phone, of how much time someone spends on those apps, the person's location, and other data that could give the tech giant a peek at what features you're using. Using data from Study from Facebook, it's likely that the company will go down the road of either acquiring or copying any app it feels is a threat to its dominance in the market.

The Study app is now available in the USA and India.

The company isn't new to this kind of research, and uses it to monitor competitors, learn about emerging trends and even identify popular startups as potential acquisition targets. We plan to take this same approach going forward with other market research projects that help us understand how people use different products and services'.

Apple responded by banning the app from its app store and revoking certain developer privileges, explaining that Facebook had violated Apple's policies.

No word yet on how much users will be paid.

The company's product manager, Sagee Ben-Zedeff, assured users that Facebook won't sell any of the data to third parties, or use it for ad targeting. Facebook, however, says that apart from this it will not see any specific content such as passwords, messages or the websites the user visits. They'll also have the opportunity to review the information they're sharing with us.

In retaliation, Apple temporarily suspended all of Facebook's internal apps, including those that employees use to schedule meetings and look up shuttle schedules, essentially bringing numerous company's processes to a halt.

"We did not review all of the data to determine whether it contained health or financial data", a Facebook spokesperson said.

In case of Facebook Research and Onavo Protect, teenagers were paid $20 per month along with referral fees.

Facebook got into hot water earlier this year for running a program that allowed minors to hand over their phone data in exchange or compensation.

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