NEW YORK — Facebook says Apple is restoring a key development tool that the iPhone maker disabled Wednesday.
Apple’s earlier move followed disclosure of a Facebook program that paid users, including teens, to download a “research” app that could extensively track peoples’ app and internet usage.
was abusing the tool, known as a developer enterprise certificate, to distribute the app in a way that allowed the social network to sidestep Apple restrictions on data collection.
Restoration of the certificate means Facebook can once distribute internal apps to its employees that help them test software features before users see them.
Facebook spokeswoman: “I can confirm that we have our enterprise certificate restored and we are working on getting our internal apps back up and running.”
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While Facebook engineers could still write code and work on the iOS apps during the shutoff, their ability to test apps in the field was limited.