Facebook found itself on the wrong end of Apple’s company wrath recently, but it looks like things are starting to even out.
The Verge is reporting on Thursday that Apple has restored Facebook’s certifications so that it can once again run internal iOS apps. This allows Facebook to run those apps on the corporate side, as well as beta testers, and those participating in Facebook Research endeavors. The social network ran afoul of Apple’s App Store guidelines when it was discovered that the company was using its Facebook Research VPN iOS app to gather smartphone data from users.
Those users opted into the program, and were provided with monetary compensation via gift cards on a monthly basis, but Facebook didn’t go about the distribution process correctly. The social network opted to use a side-loading process by way of Enterprise Certificates, which goes against Apple’s stated App Store rules. As a result, Facebook disabled the app and Apple revoked certificates for Facebook usage, which actually led to all of Facebook’s internal apps to stop working.
But it looks like things are back to normal, so to speak, as Facebook has confirmed its internal apps are once again working as they should. As it stands, the Research app is still not available and it doesn’t sound like it will be coming back anytime soon, if at all.
“We have had our Enterprise Certification, which enables our internal employee applications, restored. We are in the process of getting our internal apps up and running. To be clear, this didn’t have an impact on our consumer-facing services,” a Facebook spokesperson told The Verge in a statement.”
Facebook isn’t the only company to run an app against the App Store’s policies. Google was discovered to be doing the same thing with an app called “Screenwise Meter”. Once that app came to light Google pulled it pretty quickly. However, just today, Apple revoked Google’s certificates and disabled its internal apps as well. Will Apple reinstate those certificates as quickly as it did Facebook’s? One would imagine that will be the case.
This is all a pretty crazy situation.
[via The Verge]