Earlier this year, it was revealed that the social media giant was secretly paying people to install a "Facebook Research" Virtual Private Network (VPN) that was letting the company access user's data. Now the company is again launching an app to gather data from users' phones, though this time, they're being upfront about it. 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. It was removed from the app store and then shut down by Facebook.
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. 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.
As for why Facebook wants this data, the company says it'll use the info to improve its products. Last year, a slew of documents released by the United Kingdom parliament revealed that Facebook used its now-defunct VPN app, Onavo, to track competitors through data it collected from users. If you trust that they really won't, you have to be 18 years old and have an Android phone to be able to join.
The social media giant is introducing a new scheme - available only to subscribers in the USA and India - which will pay specific users for sharing their internet habits. Legislation and privacy advocates have already blamed Facebook for quashing competition by acquiring competitors apps and copying features.
The country you live in, the device you use and the type of network your phone runs on.
Facebook has promised this time that it will not record users' personal data like photos, messages, emails, and passwords.
Essentially, it's market research to see how Facebook can have an edge over other social networking mobile apps.
How much time a user spends on each app. The company also said it wouldn't sell user information to third parties or use it to target ads.
One previous iteration of Facebook data collecting services, called Facebook Research, paid users ages 13 to 35 a monthly fee of up to $20 to track all other platforms they were using.