31st January 2019

Facebook paid children as young as 13 to install software which ‘spied’ on them.

Summary

Facebook paid children as young as 13 to install software which 'spied' on them.

The social media giant has been paying users £15.25 per month to use the VPN which has been described as "spying" on those users.

Facebook paid children as young as 13 to install software on their phones which allowed the company to collect on how they used its competitors apps, it has emerged.

The software a virtual private network (VPN) called “Facebook Research” routes all of the users phone and web activity through Facebook servers for monitoring. The social media giant has been paying users £15.25 per month to use the VPN which has been described as “spying” on those users.

Facebook have disputed this saying the users had all consented to allow access to view their activity and that parental consent was received for the children who installed Facebook Research. For full story please click here. 

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