Apple blocks Facebook from running its internal iOS apps

Apple is not fucking around. Apple shut down Facebook from distributing internal iOS apps, including early releases of the Facebook app, Instagram, Messenger, as well as employee transportation apps and the company lunch menu.

This follows news that Facebook has been using Apple’s program for internal app distribution to instead track teenager customers with a “research” app.

Apple makes its enterprise program available to companies to distribute apps to its employees, but instead Facebook was using it to distribute an app that tracks users, including teens as young as 13. Facebook says it is discontinuing that app.

Revoking the certificate doesn’t just stop distribution. It stops apps from working. “Facebook is treating this as a critical problem internally…. ”

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