Facebook Strengthens its App Review Process
Facebook has cut off access to its API platform for a large number of mobile applications, which has resulted in Twitter users no longer having the capability to tweet and retweet automatically on their connected Facebook accounts. Users who want to post to Facebook will have to use Facebook’s share dialogs or Direct Message service.
Facebook has discontinued its Publish actions permissions from its API—a feature that allowed apps to automatically post as the logged-in user on the social media platform. While Facebook announced that about 60,000 apps have lost access to the Publish permissions feature, exceptions were made to a few categories of developers who were granted extensions due to special circumstances. Developers had earlier received a reminder about the deadline to resubmit their app for approval under Facebook’s new app review policy. Following the announcement, hundreds of thousands of inactive apps that were not submitted for review have been denied access to Facebook’s API.
According to Ime Archibong, vice president of product partnerships, Facebook, “We removed apps which violated our policies, and we are continuing to invest in building improved tools and processes to help us stop malicious apps faster and more efficiently. To this end, in addition to removing problematic apps after they are already active, we are taking steps to limit access these apps have to our platform in the first place.” Earlier, Cambridge Analytica had been suspended for buying and using Facebook user data from an app developer. This had led to Facebook temporarily halting active app reviews to investigate the extent of information that developers could gain access to private data through Facebook’s API. Eventually, app reviews were resumed with even more stringent regulations to limit user information being accessible to developers.
Following Facebook’s example, Twitter has also announced a new way for developers to request Twitter APIs, allowing the company to have more visibility and control over how developers use the platform and user data. Further, Twitter has introduced a new default app-level rate that limits bad actors from creating span on its platform