Apple v. Facebook
On Tuesday, TechCrunch reported
that Facebook was secretly paying iPhone users – including teenagers – $20 a month to install Facebook Research, an app that gives the platform root access to all the user’s activity on the phone. Apple had banned the app under its previous name for policy violation. They went further this time, temporarily revoking
Facebook’s ability to distribute internal iOS apps. In practice, this meant that the research app stopped working, along w/ all manner of apps and services Facebook employees use on iPhones. What they didn’t do, though they just as easily could have
, was ban Facebook from the App Store (and thus, iPhones) altogether. Apple’s actions may have highlighted
Facebook’s shady privacy practices, but it also served as a clear demonstration
the sort of anti-competitive behavior one finds in a monopoly.