Apple said Facebook was abusing the tool, known as a developer enterprise certificate, to distribute the app in a way that allowed the social network to sidestep Apple restrictions on data collection.
Apple says the level of access Facebook gained by using the app is a clear violation of Apple's developer guidelines, and confirms it was taken off the Apple store within hours of the story breaking.
"The Screenwise Meter iOS app should not have operated under Apple's developer enterprise program - this was a mistake, and we apologize". The company noted that the issue had no impact on its consumer services.
Apple's decision to block Google's developer certificate comes just a day after Google deactivated its Screenwise Meter application, which was created to monitor how people use their iPhones.
Facebook's questionable research tactics has led Apple to remind them who's boss. That is the likely reason why Google's enterprise certificate was revoked and why the internal Google apps no longer work.
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Facebook and Google products are among the most popular in the App Store, driving downloads and service fees for Apple's burgeoning Services revenue segment. "We're working with Apple to fix a temporary disruption to some of our corporate iOS apps, which we expect will be resolved soon, " the company said in a statement. Facebook, however, is continuing to insist that its "research" application was entirely above-board, according to an internal memo published by Business Insider. The company notes in a statement that all users voluntarily signed up for the Research app, and were free to opt out at any time. These include early versions of Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and other beta apps, along with one used by Facebook employees for transportation.
Cupertino revoked Menlo Park's certificate following a separate TechCrunch report alleging that Facebook paid users between the ages of 13 and 35 approximately $20-per-month to sideload the Research app onto iOS devices to gather phone and web activity.
Facebook has now threatened users of the Research app claiming it that it wasn't secret.
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.Users of Android devices can side-load apps from outside the Google Play Store or other Android like the Amazon App Store or GetJar.
Facebook and Google are too big to fail. Which makes it a win for Apple-and a loss for Facebook and Google-on multiple fronts.