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Facebook launches new market research app after shutting down its controversial VPN service

The Verge Monday, 25 November 2019 ()
Facebook launches new market research app after shutting down its controversial VPN serviceIllustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Facebook has a new market research app launching today called Viewpoints, just a few months after the company introduced an Android data collection app called Study designed to monitor what and for how long users are accessing other software on the Google-owned operating system.

Both apps have a controversial history. In January, Facebook shut down a market research app ostensibly offered as a virtual private network (VPN) provider. It was marketed to teens and used a special software certificate Apple gives out to businesses, designed mainly to allow the distribution of internal apps to employees, but not the public.

"Facebook’s market research apps have in the past violated Apple’s privacy rules"

Facebook, however, was using it to...
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