Facebook will pay you so it can track your phone activity

Kelley Robertson
June 14, 2019

Study will take note of all the apps a user has on his phone, regardless if they're being used or not.

During the setup process, the app will again show you all the data it collects and how it will be used. Sound good to you? Facebook reportedly recently relaunched its Research app, which has been rebranded as "Study".

We'll run ads to encourage people to participate in this market research program. You'll need to register for the program, after which Facebook will send you a link to its app on Google Play if you're selected to participate. Transparency and handling people's information responsibly have guided how we've built Study from Facebook [app].

Facebook promised users of its new Study app that it would be transparent about the information it collects and that the app would be secure. This is all accessible before participants provide any market research information to the app. The last time Facebook tried to reward users for market research - in a more under the radar fashion - it offered a $20 gift card for every month the user stayed on.

The Mark Zuckerberg-led company, which announced the initiative in a blog post on Tuesday, said Study won't see any specific content - text messages, photos, videos, passwords or websites - you visit.


The program is managed by a third party - Facebook's long-time partner Applause. Participants will be paid for the information they give, though Facebook didn't specify how much.

Previously, when the Research app was still a thing, Facebook said that the program will still continue on Android despite being discontinued on iOS.

Kaltbaum Capital Management CEO Gary Kaltbaum, Capitalist Pig Hedge Fund manager Jonathan Hoenig, FOX Business' Kristina Partsinevelos and FoxNews.com columnist Liz Peek discusses how Facebook is designing "emotional" robots to help users make new friends. This app will keep track of the apps installed on a user's smartphone and the time they spent on using these apps, their country and all the additional app data.

Your country, device and network type.

Facebook wants to know as much about you as possible-if you let it. "This allows us to learn more about how participants use different services", the Study app description on Google Playstore reads.

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