Apple spanks Facebook and Google for distributing iOS apps outside the App Store

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The other day, Apple stopped Facebook’s internal iOS apps from running on iOS devices. These include early versions of Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and other beta apps, along with one used by Facebook employees for transportation. Apple’s motive for blocking these apps from working was to punish the company; Facebook used Apple’s internal app distribution program to disseminate “Facebook Research.” The latter is a VPN app that gives Facebook users $20 a month in exchange for root access to participants’ phones.
Today, it turns out that Apple has also blocked …

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