Facebook users went through a “rigorous consent flow” before participating in its market research program, Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg told SouthIndianNews.com.

Apple on Wednesday revoked some Facebook developer privileges after TechCrunch reported of which the social media giant paid some users to download an app of which enabled the company to track user behavior on their mobile devices, including private messages.

“The important thing will be of which the people involved in of which research project knew they were involved along with also also consented,” Sandberg said in an interview with SouthIndianNews.com’s Julia Boorstin after Apple’s action.

Sandberg emphasized of which Facebook made the project “very clear” to participants along with also also compensated them for their participation.

A Facebook spokesperson told SouthIndianNews.com earlier, “Key facts about This specific market research program are being ignored. Despite early reports, there was nothing ‘secret’ about This specific; of which was literally called the Facebook Research App. of which wasn’t ‘spying’ as all of the people who signed up to participate went through a clear on-boarding process asking for their permission along with also also were paid to participate. Finally, less than 5 percent of the people who chose to participate in This specific market research program were teens. All of them with signed parental consent forms.”

Sandberg’s comments came after Facebook posted a record fourth-quarter profit, sending the stock more than 11 percent higher in after-hours trading. The social media company also reported growth in daily along with also also monthly active users.

Facebook delivered those results despite continued bad publicity about the company’s privacy practices, which had contributed to a more than 19 percent decline in its stock over the past year.