Facebook is full of troubles with personal data leaks, but this does not prevent it from continuing to trade them. This time it launches Viewpoints, where people can voluntarily provide personal data and feedback in surveys. Facebook will pay for them.
Paying for completing surveys is nothing new. Facebook, which is notorious for its lack of privacy, wants to launch a similar surveys. If you still want to share a lot of your personal datas and opinions, Facebook will offer you the new Viewpoints app.
Application users will be asked to complete questionnaires to help Facebook develop applications and services such as Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Portal and Oculus. The entire community of users of these services should benefit from this. Before each research program Facebook should explain what informations will be saved and how many points you will receive for completing the questionnaire. The user should also know how many points he has left to reach the set limit for paying money to a PayPal account.
The basic information provided will be the date of birth, name, country of residence, gender and for some surveys other information such as location and others.
Well-Being Survey is the first to investigate the impact of social networks (such as Facebook) on people’s psychological state and to find out how to reduce the negative effects of social networks. Facebook promises not to sell the collected information to third parties nor to publish it to any other application linked to the user’s Facebook account. In the meantime, it is only available to users over the age of 18 living in the U.S. Later however Viewpoints should expand to other countries.