20 December 2019
We know that Facebook has a keen interest in collecting as much user data as possible and by all possible means. It has released a new app called Facebook Viewpoints where users can share their views by filling surveys and get paid in return. The app is currently limited to the United States and is available on Android as well as iOS.
During the set-up process, users will be asked to share details like name, email address, gender, age, and country of residence. It may also ask for the current location for some specific surveys. Each complete survey submission will offer you virtual points that can be accumulated. It will show you the number of points you need to have before you can redeem them for actual money that will be deposited directly to your linked PayPal account.
The app currently has only one survey called Well-Being Survey. Facebook says that it wants to understand the effect of social media on people's well-being. It added that collected information will help them "build better products that aim to limit the negative impacts of social media and enhance the benefits". It is a 15-minute long survey and will offer you 1,000 points which are equivalent to $5.
Facebook is projecting that app as a way of connecting with users so that it can know their views and improve its suite of apps, products, and services for better results. These include Facebook app, Instagram, WhatsApp, Oculus, and Portal among others. It has added that no personal data will not be sold to third-parties and every survey will have information about how collected details will be used. But considering Facebook's track record with user privacy, you should proceed only if you understand what you are getting into.