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Facebook kills ‘Facebook Research’ and the Onavo app: report

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Facebook is putting an end to its “Facebook Research” market research app which tracked and collected the users’ phone and web activity details, take its Onavo VPN app off the Google Play Store, shut down the Onavo Protect app and stop pulling market data but keep the VPN on till a replacement is found, reports TechCrunch. Facebook’s current research through the Facebook Research app will continue Facebook will not recruit new users for the app Facebook’s statement to TechCrunch, “Market research helps companies build better products for people. We are shifting our focus to reward-based market research which means we’re going to end the Onavo program.” Facebook Research was similar to the Onavo Protect VPN app, which Apple banned from its App Store last year over privacy violations. Facebook had been paying users aged 13-35 years up to $20 per…

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