Apple has finally restored Facebook’s enterprise certificate giving the social networking giant the permission to run internal apps on the Apple platform. Now, Facebook can beta test its software on research participants, employees, and other testers. The restoration comes in after a day Apple blocked Facebook for privacy and other violations the “Facebook Research” app caused.
The violation included Facebook asking teenagers and other adults to use its app and paying them $20 a month. What makes it worse is that this app wasn’t distributed through the right iOS channels, but it was pushed through Facebook’s enterprise certificate. Facing severe backlash, Facebook immediately, pulled the app down earning Apple’s wrath for violating its terms of agreement and for using the certificate in such a manner.
A Facebook spokesperson said in a statement, “We have had our Enterprise Certification, which enables our internal employee applications, restored. We are in the process of getting our internal apps up and running. To be clear, this didn’t have an impact on our consumer-facing services.”
Apple is completely focused on its privacy and security issue, especially after a bug was harnessing FaceTime. Google too faced a similar fate with Apple after a similar data-collection experiment called Screenwise Meter was being conducted by the search giant. Apple later restored its certificate and allowed Google apps to run on its platform. Google too has disabled the service once it found out.