Apple has applied a strong hand this week with Facebook and Google after both failed to comply with its distribution policy.
The first to be sanctioned was Facebook , when his ‘ Atlas Project ‘ came to light. Basically, Mark Zuckerberg’s company was paying users in exchange for installing an app that allowed them to have access to all the activity on their phone.
The app in question, Facebook Research, was not in the app store, but had to be downloaded from non-Apple servers, providing a business development certificate to obtain root access on the phone .
This goes against Apple’s distribution policy , since this type of certificate can only be installed on the devices of the employees of a developer company – such as Facebook or Google – to test apps internally, never to run an app on the mobile phone. a consumer
In the case of Google, the same thing happened. The Mountain View company used the business certificate to install an app called Screenwise Meter on the phones of some users, and thus collect information about the use of the internet . Like Facebook Research, Screenwise Meter ran as if it were an internal testing app, breaking Apple’s rules .
How did Apple sanction Facebook and Google?
The punishment for both technological titans was to revoke the business certificates of development .
The consequences of this are quite drastic, since it prevents employees from working on new apps . In the case of Facebook, its developers could no longer access beta versions of Instagram and Messenger, CNBC reported . Thus, access to internal company apps , such as Mobile home and Ride, a transport app for Facebook employees , was also blocked .
In the case of Google, the beta version of apps such as Google Maps, Gmail, Calendar or Hangouts would be blocked. Thus, employees also claimed to have difficulty accessing an internal company app that shows the company’s shuttle schedules.
After 24 hours of problems, Apple returned to authorize the business certificate to Facebook , and recent statements from the company suggest that they are also working with Google to solve the situation.
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