Facebook cannot help just being itself, no matter how many times it promises to start a new leaf. If there was still any doubt about it, then this new Android and iOS app that has just been launched should be sufficient proof. On the surface, it seems like a harmless survey app that actually benefits respondents by paying for their time and effort but, as with Facebook, we never get to know the implications until So that it is not too late.
At least Facebook is going upside down this time. First, it publishes applications under its own name as Facebook approaches. Second, it makes no qualification that the survey intends to improve its products, including Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and even Oculus. It also accepts that it will pay users for a lot of surveys, but when they accumulate enough points to redeem as cash.
While Facebook is operating according to books this time, it is these underlying assumptions that will make privacy advocacy easier. A few months ago, Facebook was again placed under the microscope for a “research” app that paid users in exchange for tracking their activities. The idea here is the same, more and more, that Facebook is risking the promise of money to get people what it wants.
For those wanting to participate, Facebook’s first survey is about digital welfare, at least as far as its app is concerned. It seems likely that surveys will be thematic and scheduled, so don’t expect immediate payment by simply responding to a survey.