Have you ever faced problem as why using Facebook drains your iPhone’s battery like no other app do? This is because the Facebook networking platform use to constantly track your location using iPhone’s GPS module.
Security researcher Jonathan Zdziarski tested the Facebook app’s code and found that the app is sending device location information to Facebook in the background, Motherboard.com reported.
“If you move around a lot, you are likely to use more battery but the combination of GPS and networking going on in the background is likely the majority cause of battery drain,” Zdziarski was quoted as saying through email.
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However, this is not surprising as Facebook’s in-app location settings clearly state that if you have location history and access set to “always”, then Facebook “will build a history of your precise location, even when you are not using the app”.
“We are not tracking background location if the location setting is off on your device or in the app,” a Facebook spokesperson said.
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“We are not collecting background location on iOS unless Location Access is set to Always on your device and you have enabled Location History in the Facebook app,” the spokesperson recaptulated.