Facebook will pay people to track phone usage

Facebook's new Study app pays to track what you do on your phone

Facebook launches new market research app after pulling similar app in January

Transparency and handling people's information responsibly have guided how we've built Study from Facebook.

Facebook says the new Study app is for "business and product research" and that the information will be used to "learn which apps people value and how they're used".

Facebook on Tuesday launched an app that pays users to share information about which apps they are using. The company outlined how they intend to sign up participants, saying they'll make the opportunity available through advertisements and invite whoever clicks on them, registers and ultimately qualifies, to download Study.

Facebook has promised this time that it will not record users' personal data like photos, messages, emails, and passwords. Facebook will run ads about Study on its platform and elsewhere.

The controversy hasn't stopped Facebook from continuing to pursue mobile users data through broad market program, however.

Study will monitor which other applications are installed on a person's phone, the time spent on them, your location, additional data, among other things. Facebook also says that it will use your Facebook account to verify your age.

The Study app is only available for adults in the USA and India via the Google Play store, with plans to expand it to other countries in the future.

The app was marketed to people as young as 13 to grant access to their data usage and activity in exchange payment.

Information obtained from this app will not be sold to third parties or used to target advertisement, Facebook confirmed in the statement. Facebook said it will promote Study through advertisements on the social network and elsewhere, and users must be 18 years or older to participate.

Social networking giant Facebook has now announced its new interest - market research.

To get started with Study From Facebook, interested participants can download the app from the Play Store.

We tried downloading and registering for the app directly through the Play Store. The app is now available only via the Google Play Store. It also plans to remind users that they're still part of the program every so often, and give them the chance to review what they're sending.

"Approaching market research in a responsible way is really important", said Facebook in a blog post.

The Study app is now available in the USA and India.

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