Facebook is halting a scheme that gathered highly personal data from paid volunteers, after it was exposed.

Sources says that - including those aged 13-17 - had been paid up to $20 (£15.30) a month to open up their phones to deep analysis.

Apple has said Facebook misused its privileges to distribute the app involved.

The iPhone-maker has now restricted Facebooks ability to issue iOS apps that are not listed on its App Store.

This will disrupt the social networks ability to distribute test versions of its software among staff and for the employees to run apps designed for their exclusive use, which are used to do things such as book transportation.

This could add to tensions between the two companies.

A spokeswoman for the social network was unable to say whether it ran the programme in the UK or other countries outside the US.

TechCrunch reported that Facebook used social media ads to target teenagers for the scheme. Facebook denies this.

On Wednesday, it was also revealed that Google maintained an app that paid some users to monitor their usage habits. Google says it has now disabled the app.

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