Facebook is trying to pre-empt Apple's big privacy update by asking users for permission to track them
- The move comes as
Appleprepares to roll out a privacyupdate that will force developers to ask users' permission to track them.
- Apple and Facebook have been fighting about the upcoming
Facebook is trying to outflank Apple in a privacy battle that's been raging for six months.
Facebook announced on Monday it would be sending a pop-up notification to iOS users, asking for permission to track their activity so they can be targeted with ads.
The pop-up tells users that allowing trackers will mean they "get ads that are more personalized" and "support business that rely on ads to reach customers."
Facebook is only testing the pop-up on a few users for now, but eventually it will arrive for all iOS users ahead of an update Apple said it would roll out in early Spring.
The Apple update will force app developers to ask users' permission to be able to collect their data for targeted
The update was announced in the summer, and originally slated for September 2020, but Apple postponed the rollout after Facebook protested and said the update would gut developers' advertising revenue.
Apple and Facebook have publicly feuded about the update, with Facebook claiming Apple is setting itself up to get into the advertising industry, while Apple argues Facebook doesn't respect its users' privacy.
The rivalry has heated up again over the past week. In an earnings call, Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg claimed Apple is becoming one of Facebook's "biggest competitors," and accused it of using privacy as a front for squeezing out competition.
Apple's CEO Tim Cook retorted with a thinly-veiled criticism of Facebook during a speech at a data-privacy conference the following day.
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