Facebook's Study program pays for information about the apps you use

Facebook's Study program pays for information about the apps you use

To start with, the program is only available to Facebook users aged over 18 in the U.S. and India, and only on Android for now.

To fulfil this objective, the social networking giant has launched a new app called Study which is available for download on Google's Playstore for Android users aged 18 and above.

Mark Zuckerberg's company just launched 'Study from Facebook' for Android smartphone users to see what the competition is up to. But you still have to qualify, and if you do, the app will then show up in the Play Store like magic. With its previous research app, Facebook paid users $20 monthly in gift cards. The company has also restricted the release of the app to two of its biggest markets - India and the US.

In January, Facebook landed itself in trouble and got its developer license revoked after it was revealed by TechCrunch that the social media company is paying teenagers to install its research app that grants the company access to user's web activity and internet usage. It's only available to users above 18 years of age.

"Study from Facebook" is a bold attempt by Facebook amidst the looming antitrust case.

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Many people skip reading privacy policies, noted mobile app security researcher Will Strafach, who studied the underlying code of Facebook's Research app earlier this year. The social media platform also said it won't collect user IDs, passwords or other shareable content like messages. Provided access is limited to logistics it means that Applause will in charge of the registration process, rolling out compensation to the participants and customer support.

If you've been uncertain about whether Facebook is studying your every move, and what it knows about you, there's a new way to be sure - by telling Facebook everything, and getting some sweet, sweet cash in exchange.

How much time you've spend on each app. "We plan to take this same approach going forward with other market research projects that help us understand how people use different products and services", Ben-Zedeff said, hinting that the company is working on more market research projects.

At least this time around Facebook is being transparent will efforts to collect data from users and there's no non-disclosure agreement in the mix where users can't talk about their participation in the program.