Facebook, Instagram iOS apps include notices extolling virtues of app-tracking
After fielding frontpage newspaper advertisements to influence public opinion against the App Tracking Transparency (ATT) measures introduced in iOS 14.5, Mark Zuckerberg is relaying the same message through the Facebook and Instagram iOS apps. Both Facebook and Instagram apps are exhorting users to opt into their invasive tracking measures to continue keeping them free of charge. Facebook claims this doesn't violate Apple's stringent guidelines.
Facebook claims 'educational screens' don't violate Apple's ATT guidelines
Facebook and Instagram relay these notices prior to the mandatory ATT opt-in prompts and terms them as "educational screens" as per its latest blog post. The social media giant portrays these notices as a means to help people make an informed decision about how their information is used, while detailing how it leverages user data for personalized ads.
Technology researcher Ashkan Soltani first noticed Facebook's in-app notices
Facebook reiterates declining app tracking won't remove in app advertisements
The in-app notices include the usual spiel on how surrendering your privacy ostensibly helps small businesses, but that's difficult to believe given the company's track record of destroying small businesses. Facebook adds that declining to be tracked won't prevent in-app advertisements, but those will be less relevant. The punchline to this joke being the claim that this will somehow impact internet freedom.
Opting out will deprive users of targeted corporate brainwashing
Facebook wants you to believe this isn't about businesses being apprehensive of paying it for irrelevant ads, but how you could be losing out on some quality, targeted corporate brainwashing. Quite tragic indeed. In reality, Apple's privacy measures prevent Facebook from tracking users across websites, other apps, and various extraneous means. The move threatens its prevalent ad revenue model and therefore its very existence.
Facebook attacks Apple by pointing out its ATT hypocrisy