In a new development, the premium smartphone company Apple in order to protect its user’s privacy will confine Facebook as well as other messaging apps calling feature. This will be done by making some minor changes into its mobile operating system.
The new change will now limit a calling feature that the instant messaging apps like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp employ to make a voice call while using the internet. The calling feature in these apps run in the background even when it’s not in use. This feature helps the apps to connect the calls quicker while it performs other tasks such as collecting data. From now onwards the company will now switch the background admittance that will only be allowed to make internet calls. Apple will bring this new change in the September rollout of iOS 13, its latest mobile operating system.
As per a report by The Information, the latest change will pressurize the messaging providers to reformat their apps. Facebook has been using the calling feature in a number of other ways like applying end-to-end encryption.
A Facebook spokesperson denied the allegation made by Apple he also stated that, “The changes to the upcoming iOS releases are not insignificant, but we are in conversations with Apple on how best to address,” He further added “To be clear—we are using the PushKit VoIP API to deliver a world-class, private messaging experience, not for the purpose of collecting data.”
Many app developers depend on Voice over Internet Protocol or VoIP technology for making voice calls. But Facebook Messenger, as well as WhatsApp, uses the feature that allows it to collect the user’s data while running in the background. Besides this sucks up system resources and shortening battery life.
To protect the privacy and to improve the performance of its smartphones Apple will bring a change to the internet calling feature, soon. In the past, Apple has brought various features to protect user privacy in the software running on its devices. The company will ramp up its privacy by rolling out a new feature to curb this problem. iOS 13 exclusively is strong when it comes to privacy by limiting the location tracking apps. During the Worldwide Developers Conference, the company also came up with “Sign in with Apple,” specifically designed for privacy in competition with Google and Facebook.
Previously the company targeted the Social Media Platform Facebook by restricting its facility to distribute iOS apps to its workers, who further use this for testing purposes.
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