Apple takes down Facebook’s ‘Onavo Security’ app from App Store: Report

Onavo is an Israeli analytics startup which was acquired by Facebook in the year 2013.


Apple has recently taken down Facebook's Onavo security app form the App Store. The Cupertino giant pulled off the security app from its App Store following the violation of its privacy guidelines by the app. According to a report from the Beebom, The Wall Street Journal had first reported that Facebook will be pulling off the mobile virtual private network (VPN) app named Onavo from Apple's App Store. However, a separate report by CNBC on late Wednesday had mentioned that the Cupertino giant had asked Facebook to remove the app from its App Store voluntarily as the app was violating its privacy rules.

Apple takes down Facebook’s ‘Onavo Security’ app from App Store


An Apple Spokesperson had mentioned that "With the latest update to our guidelines, we made it explicitly clear that apps should not collect information about which other apps are installed on a user's device for the purposes of analytics or advertising/marketing."

Onavo is an Israeli analytics startup which was acquired by Facebook in the year 2013. The Onavo helped the users to monitor their data usage. A Facebook Spokesperson has further told The verge that "We've always been clear when people download Onavo about the information that is collected and how it is used."

Facebook further added that "As a developer on Apple's platform, we follow the rules they've put in place." With the help of Onavo, a user can access a virtual private network (VPN), in order to browse the web and download apps with more privacy.

To recall, Facebook has recently introduced a new update for its Messenger app. With the new update, the users will be able to play games together in real-time augmented reality. The social media giant has announced the video chat feature for its Messenger.

The new multiplayer augmented reality games will be a part of the Messenger's video chat feature and users can try out the new feature by simply tapping on the star button available in the video chat. Currently, the multiplayer AR game feature has two AR-based titles including 'Don't Smile' and 'Asteroid Attack'.

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