Facebook withdraws its VPN app Onavo from the Google Play Store. The company also stops accepting new participants for the controversial Facebook Research app, writes TechCrunch.
The Onavo Protect app stops collecting user data for marketing research, but will remain useful as a VPN service for the time being. Eventually, that service will also cease.
Onavo came into disrepute at the beginning of last year, because the app shared information from users with Facebook and its advertising partners. In August Onavo was removed from the App Store by Facebook because it violated the rules of Apple. The VPN app was still available for download in the Google Play Store.
No new participants for Facebook Research
Facebook also stops bringing in new users for its Facebook Research app on Android. Existing investigations will still be carried out. Facebook wants to continue to offer paid market surveys in the future, but with clearer conditions.
Facebook Research also became discredited. Facebook asked users between thirteen and 35 years to install the app on payment of 20 dollars (18 euros) per month. In return Facebook came to know which sites and apps the participants use on the internet.
The app was available for download from Apple’s App Store via a developer program. That was not according to the rules, and therefore Apple Facebook denied access.