Facebook Says Apple’s Upcoming Anti-Tracking Prompt is ‘More About Profit Than Privacy’

Facebook today in a blog post claimed that Apple’s upcoming anti-tracking privacy-focused change in iOS 14 will have a “harmful impact on many small businesses that are struggling to stay afloat and on the free internet that we all rely on more than ever.”


“We disagree with Apple’s approach and solution, yet we have no choice but to show Apple’s prompt,” said Facebook. “If we don’t, they will block Facebook from the App Store, which would only further harm the people and businesses that rely on our services. We cannot take this risk on behalf of the millions of businesses who use our platform to grow.”

A refresher on the situation: Starting early next year, Apple will require apps to get opt-in permission from users to collect their random advertising identifier, which advertisers use to deliver personalized ads and track how effective their campaigns were. This will occur in the form of a prompt that shows up when users open apps on iOS 14.

Facebook said Apple’s anti-tracking change is “about profit, not privacy,” and accused Apple of a double standard, claiming that Apple’s own personalized ad platform is not subject to the upcoming iOS 14 policy:

1. They’re creating a policy — enforced via iOS 14’s AppTrackingTransparency — that’s about profit, not privacy. It will force businesses to turn to subscriptions and other in-app payments for revenue, meaning Apple will profit and many free services will have to start charging or exit the market.

2. They’re hurting small businesses and publishers who are already struggling in a pandemic. These changes will directly affect their ability to use their advertising budgets efficiently and effectively. Our studies show, without personalized ads powered by their own data, small businesses could see a cut of over 60% of website sales from ads. We don’t anticipate the proposed iOS 14 changes to cause a full loss of personalization but rather a move in that direction over the longer term.

3. They’re not playing by their own rules. Apple’s own personalized ad platform isn’t subject to the new iOS 14 policy.

4. We disagree with Apple’s approach, yet we have no choice but to issue their prompt. If we don’t, we’ll face retaliation from Apple, which could only further harm the businesses we want to support. We can’t take that risk.

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