No, Facebook did not log out users to install tracking software on Apple iPhones

A rumor has ben circulating among Facebook users that a recent app outage was planned so Facebook’s developers could install tracking software onto Apple iPhones. This is not true.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

One such post, shared 1,500 times since Jan. 23, promotes a post from another Facebook user that shows a “Tracking” tab on a screenshot from an Apple iPhone’s privacy settings (here). Alongside, the user writes: “Those of you who was logged out of face book this morning… check your phones, because it appears a new tracking device for app has been put on our phones.”

On Jan. 23, Facebook said a widespread issue whereby users had been logged out of their accounts was down to a “configuration change” – and did not elaborate any further.

It did not have anything to do with the “Tracking” tab on Apple devices, which predated the Facebook issue.

The “Tracking” tab is actually part of Apple’s iOS 14 release last year, which aims to give iPhone users better control over their privacy. Called App Tracking Transparency (ATT), it requires users to explicitly give permission for downloaded apps to use their data. This would be for the purposes of targeted advertising and specific data sharing.

Facebook did not install a tracking device on to users’ mobile phones. The “Tracking” feature on Apple devices was introduced in a recent iOS 14 update and requires users to give their permission before apps can track specific data.

MacDailyNews Take: So, no, Facebook did not log out users to install tracking software on Apple iPhones, but if they thought they could’ve gotten away with it, they would have.



  1. The fact that is seems reasonable that FB would do some thing like this, even though they apparently didn’t, is telling.

    FB is the country’s/World’s platform of info/truth. This is beyond freedom of speech.

    Hello Winston.

    1. You and me both, but unfortunately 99% of the world’s citizens actually want those apps for their daily lives. Zuckerberg gets richer by the day as users from all over the world join up by the millions. However, that’s not enough for Zuckerberg, so he lashes out at Apple’s privacy policies whenever he can. Greed is not something that can be easily sated.

  2. I resent that so many publications force me to sign in with Facebook before the publication gives me permission to comment. How did FB radicalize so many? FB has gotten out of hand.
    I look forward to when I can sign in with Apple. I can’t wait.

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