Data collected by analytics firm Flurry reveals that only 4% of the iPhone users in the United States have enabled app tracking after updating their device to iOS 14.5. The figures are based on a sample size of 2.5 million daily mobile active users.
With the release of iOS 14.5, Apple also rolled out App Tracking Transparency which requires apps to take users’ explicit permission before they can track them across apps and services. The feature is expected to have an impact on the advertising industry, with Facebook heavily criticizing it. Now, Facebook and Instagram want iPhone users to grant them the required permission for tracking them to keep their services “free of charge.”
Reports are trickling in that Facebook and its various services are down in parts of the world. The outage only seems to be affecting Facebook and not WhatsApp or Messenger.
Facebook has been very critical of Apple’s App Tracking Transparency feature that went live with the iOS 14.5 feature. The company claimed earlier that the privacy feature would be devastating for small businesses. However, the company believes that App Tracking Transparency will have a “manageable” impact on its ads business.
Phone numbers and personal data of over half a billion Facebook users have been posted online on a low-level hacking forum. The data published includes Facebook users’ personal information from over 106 countries, including 32 million records of US Facebook users, 11 million UK users, and around 6 million users from India.
Facebook has heavily criticized Apple’s anti-tracking changes in iOS 14, even going ahead and publishing full-page newspaper ads about it. The company was reportedly even preparing a lawsuit against Apple for the upcoming privacy changes. However, Mark Zuckerberg now believes that Facebook could benefit from iOS 14’s App Tracking Transparency changes.
Facebook has announced support for physical security keys for iOS. The new feature offers a robust additional layer of security for Facebook users. The security key is available for all Facebook users.
Apple Took Down Over 1 Million Counterfeit Product Listings from Instagram and Other Online Marketplaces
A Bloomberg report details that Instagram and Facebook have become a haven for selling fake Apple accessories like the AirPods, iPhone chargers, USB power adapters, and more. These knockoff products are sold at one-tenth of the actual product price and primarily targets customers from Europe and the U.S.
Facebook has heavily criticized Apple for its upcoming anti-tracking ad changes. The company has published full-page newspaper ads that put Apple in a bad light, with Zuckerberg even claiming that this move will be disastrous for small companies.
Earlier this week, Kuo revealed Apple’s plan of introducing a $1000 mixed reality headset in mid-2022. Today, in an interview with The Information, Mark Zuckerberg has publically criticized Apple’s upcoming AR/VR headset.