Facebook and Apple are arguing over who banned a Facebook app that paid people $20 a month for complete access to their phones

This isn’t going to help the frosty relationship between Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Apple CEO Tim Cook.

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The Facebook Research app wasn’t available from Apple’s App Store, though, because Apple’s platform bans apps that collect that kind of data. Instead, it’s “sideloaded,” or installed through a separate, more technical process that big companies use to install apps intended for internal use.

Apple says it took the dramatic step of revoking multiple enterprise certificates from Facebook, potentially compromising not just programs like Facebook Research but also other iOS apps in development internally at Facebook.

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“We designed our Enterprise Developer Program solely for the internal distribution of apps within an organization. Facebook has been using their membership to distribute a data-collecting app to consumers, which is a clear breach of their agreement with Apple. Any developer using their enterprise certificates to distribute apps to consumers will have their certificates revoked, which is what we did in this case to protect our users and their data.”

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Why it matters: We’re all losing count of Facebook’s privacy controversies, but this one is more sensitive because it involves teens.

Facebook described the program as research to analyze how people use its own services and those of competitors. Late Tuesday night, Facebook defended the program, which dates back to 2016, but said it was discontinuing it for iOS users.

Facebook is likely to argue that its research project is little different from the kind of tracking Nielsen has done for decades of TV viewing patterns, or Comscore’s tallying of web usage. But those services didn’t end up with the kind of total access to people’s lives that Facebook is getting via their phones.

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An Apology for the Internet ‘ From the Architects Who Built It

Even those who designed our digital world are aghast at what they created. A breakdown of what went wrong ‘ from the architects who built it.

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There have always been outsiders who criticized the tech industry ‘ even if their concerns have been drowned out by the oohs and aahs of consumers, investors, and journalists. But today, the most dire warnings are coming from the heart of Silicon Valley itself. The man who oversaw the creation of the original iPhone believes the device he helped build is too addictive. The inventor of the World Wide Web fears his creation is being ‘weaponized.’ Even Sean Parker, Facebook’s first president, has blasted social media as a dangerous form of psychological manipulation. ‘God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains,’ he lamented recently.

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  • Publisher: Intelligencer
  • Date: 2018-04-13T13:23:59.417-04:00
  • Author: Noah Kulwin
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25 Most Influential People on the Internet in 2018

For our fourth annual roundup of the most influential people on the Internet, TIME evaluated contenders by looking at their global impact on social media and their overall ability to drive news. Here’s who made this year’s unranked list.

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About half a decade since their debut as a group, seven-member Korean pop act BTS‘which they translate as ‘Beyond the Scene’ in English’continues to gain global momentum. They’ve already broken at least one of their own U.S. records in 2018, releasing the highest-charting K-pop album ever (Love Yourself: Tear, which debuted atop the Billboard 200). But the real engine behind their success is their passionate social fanbase, who style themselves as the ‘ARMY’ and eagerly consume anything related to the group, from tweets to videos. For example, the YouTube views within 24 hours for their music video ‘Fake Love’ almost surpassed Taylor Swift’s and Psy’s all-time records’no small feat. The group has notched over 89 weeks atop Billboard’s Social 50 chart, besting Justin Bieber, and recently won Top Social Artist at the Billboard Music Awards for the second year in a row. A steady social media presence for each of the boys’along with periodic solo releases’further bolsters the group, which counts at least 50 million followers across English-language social media platforms. ‘Raisa Bruner

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