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Facebook pays users for their data

June 12, 2019

A new Facebook app will allow users to sell their data to the social meida giant, providing insights on how they use competitors’ apps.

Facebook is recruiting users to download its new app, branded ‘Study’, from the Google Play store. Once downloaded, it will transmit data to Facebook on what other apps the users have, what features they use, and how much time is spent on them.

“We believe this work is important to help us improve our products for the people who use Facebook,” Facebook said in an online post. “We also know that this kind of research must be clear about what people are signing up for, how their information will be collected and used, and how to opt out of the research at any time.”

For now, only users 18 and older will be eligible to participate in the data collection. Facebook did not reveal how much users will be paid for using the Study app.

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