TASS, January 30. The company Facebook is going to remove from the operating system Apple VPN service Facebook Research, which allowed her to track the user activity. The representatives of the company on Wednesday reported to the NBC.

This message was a reaction to the publication of the American online portal TechCrunch, unveiled on Tuesday its own investigation, according to which Facebook in 2016 paid users aged 13 to 35 years old for $20 a month for the installation of the application, giving the company access to information such as users ‘ messages in social networks and instant messengers, e-mail addresses, online activity, location, as well as other data types.

Sources in the company told NBC that VPN service will be removed immediately, to avoid possible response from Apple.

Despite this decision, Facebook continues to insist that the app was used exclusively for research purposes. “It was no secret, it’s literally called Facebook Research App (“app Research Facebook”). It wasn’t “spying”, as all users who agreed to participate, were friendly registration process where they have asked permission [data processing], and for their participation they were paid,” the channel quoted a representative of the company.

In Facebook also responded to a statement to TechCrunch that the target audience VPN service were teenagers. “Less than five percent of the participants in the market research were teenagers. They all had agreed to participate, signed by their parents,” said a company representative.

Facebook has been repeatedly criticized by representatives of Apple because of the collection of user data. In August, Apple has forced Facebook to remove its VPN service Onavo Protect from AppStore due to the fact that the social network has collected data on user preferences. In Facebook said that the collection of such information was not secret and that the data was used to improve the products and services Facebook.

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