Facebook says Apple its restoring a key developer tool

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That app also relied on an Apple certificate to run on iOS devices.

"We're working with Apple to fix a temporary disruption to some of our corporate iOS apps, which we expect will be resolved soon", a spokeswoman at Alphabet Inc.'s Google said in a statement. In its "App Store Review Guidelines", Apple stated "5.1.1 Data Collection and Storage: (iii) Data Minimization: Apps should only request access to data relevant to the core functionality of the app and should only collect and use data that is required to accomplish the relevant task". There's also nothing on Apple's System Status page to suggest that anything is wrong with the App Store, and Apple hasn't said anything, but based on the fact that half a dozen new tweets have popped up in the last five minutes, there's definitely an issue.

The move follows the revelation that Facebook was paying teens and millennials $20 to install a VPN app called Facebook Research that was spying on them and mining their data.

It appears Apple is not messing around and will gladly revoke certificates of any company - no matter how large - if it finds that company breaking the service terms of its program. Apple said Facebook had broken its rules and pulled the social-media company's certificate until Thursday.

Facebook and Google are too big to fail.

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Despite coming clean about its app, Google has received the same punishment as Facebook did this week, after violating Apple's enterprise guidelines.

But the company seemed confident it would quickly regain its access.

On one level, Apple's actions against Facebook and Google are simply the enforcement of its developer policies.

With this shutdown, early versions of Facebook's apps and other beta versions stopped working including one for transportation.

Apple earlier revoked Facebook's Enterprise Certificate, which allows companies to distribute apps internally outside of its App Store. Both the Google app and the Facebook app were fully opt-in but the rewards are clearly a bad bargain for users who opted to participate in these programs. Facebook has been using their membership to distribute a data-collecting app to consumers, which is a clear breach of their agreement with Apple. The app tracked the mobile phone usage habits of those partaking in Facebook's program. "All of them with signed parental consent forms".

Shortly after excommunicating Facebook's internal iOS apps, by canceling the certificate, Apple did the same to Google, which confessed and apologized for using its iOS enterprise certificate to distribute its own data-snarfing app called Screenwise Meter. This went against Apple's rules. Shannon Palus of Slate talked with some Facebook Research users, and they were generally aware of the implications. "It's a good sign".