TASS, February 22. Company Facebook decided to completely abandon its applications for mobile devices on Android and iOS platforms that allows you to monitor users. This was reported in Friday’s online portal TechCrunch.

“Facebook stops using free tools for market research in advance and removed the program Onavo VPN from the [Android] Google Play,” said the portal. He reminded that a similar application for iOS — Facebook Research — was blocked by Apple in late January of this year.

Last month, TechCrunch published the results of its own investigation, which revealed that Facebook in 2016 paid users aged 13 to 35 years for $20 per month for app installation, which gave the company access to such information, as the correspondence in social networks and instant messengers, e-mail address, browsing activity, location.

At the same time sources in Facebook told NBC TV that the leadership of their company did not consider such programs “spyware”. “It was no secret, the app was called Facebook Research App. It wasn’t “spying”, as all users who agreed to participate, were the registration process and gave permission [to the processing of personal data]”, — cited the words of a company representative channel.

Facebook has repeatedly been criticized by Apple, are unhappy that the social network was gathering information about the preferences of users.

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