Apple has discontinued the ability of Facebook to distribute internal iOS apps, from early versions of the Facebook app to basic tools such as a lunch menu. One person familiar with the situation states that The Verge states that early versions of Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and other "dogfood" (beta) applications ceased publication, as did other employees Apps, such as one for transport. Internally, Facebook treats this problem as a critical issue, as the affected apps simply stop being launched on employees' mobile phones.
The shutdown comes from news that Facebook Apple's program has used for internal apps sales to track teenage customers with a "research" app.
This app, which was unveiled yesterday by TechCrunch was distributed outside the app Save with Apple's corporate program, with the developer special certificates can use to install more powerful apps on iPhones. However, these apps should only be used by company employees, and Facebook had distributed its tracking app to customers. Facebook later said that the app would be closed.
This raises a big problem for Facebook. While Apple offers other tools for installing apps internally, Apple's corporate program is the primary solution for the widespread adoption of internal apps and services. We have contacted Facebook to leave a comment.
In a statement given to Recode Apple said Facebook was "clearly violating its agreement with Apple". Any developer who violates this Agreement, Apple Distributor Certificates have been suspended. "This is what we did in this case to protect our users and their data." We contacted Apple to learn how to close Facebook's other internal apps. It just prevents apps from being distributed to iOS, but it does not work anymore. And since internal apps from the same organization or the same developer may be connected to a single certificate, it can lead to the immense headaches that Facebook is currently experiencing in a variety of internal apps.
Apple and Facebook have already fought for privacy, but this is the first time Apple has taken a move that directly blocks some of Facebook's activities. Last March, Apple boss Tim Cook criticized Facebook's handling of Cambridge Analytica's data-sharing scandal and said, "I would not be in this situation" if he ran the business. Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg later said the comments were "extremely glib" and talked about Apple as a company that "[s] works hard to charge you more."