Facebook is a bad actor. It has a culture problem, and does not appear to have the motivation to make meaningful change. It is a litany of bad stories about its behaviour.
Facebook, though, used this program to pay non-employees as much as $20 per month to download the research app without Apple’s knowledge.
Apple’s response, via a PR rep this morning: “We designed our Enterprise Developer Program solely for the internal distribution of apps within an organization. Facebook has been using their membership to distribute a data-collecting app to consumers, which is a clear breach of their agreement with Apple. Any developer using their enterprise certificates to distribute apps to consumers will have their certificates revoked, which is what we did in this case to protect our users and their data.”
But here’s the bizarre quirk of the Facebook dystopia, whose sheer perversity would have likely pleased Orwell: It’s all Big and no Brother. Our time and lives are the company’s only currency. Without our continued attention, Facebook quite literally has nothing, and its empire could be brought down with a feather. Now, blow.
Jean McDonald wrote a great piece to her friends on Facebook, as she left the platform.