Earlier this year, Facebook started paying users between the ages of 13 and 35 up to $20 a month for letting them spy on your phone by installing an app called “Facebook Research” and allowing all the permissions. Facebook ended that project for various reasons after the media started covering the news.
Facebook came up with the new application that does similar work and the company will pay the users who install the application and let them spy on your smartphone. The “Study” application will monitor which apps you’re using, How much time do you spend on those applications, Your location, and the App data that reveals the feature you’re using most.
Facebook mentions in the blog post that They won’t spy on any specific content such as messages, password, and website that you visit.
Facebook says they need more data to make their services better and that is why Study application is launched. This application will be only available for the 18 years or older users. It will be only available for Android users.
Facebook didn’t mention how much money they will pay to users for installing the application and letting them spy. The application will be available for India and U.S for the specific users and you must be at least 18 years old to participate in this program.
Signup to Participate
Facebook will run Ads on the application to encourage people to participate in the Research program. When someone clicks on Ad, They will get an option to register and if they qualify then Facebook will allow you to download Study application from the Google Play Store.
As they sign up, people will see a description of how the app works and what information they’ll be sharing with Facebook so they can confirm they want to participate. The company also notify users on the Study from the Facebook website and in the Play Store description about what information Facebook collects and how it will be used. This is all accessible before participants provide any market research information to the app. Anyone who uses the app will be compensated for contributing to the research. Only people who are 18 and older will be eligible to participate at launch, and all participants will be able to opt out at any time.”