To all the Facebook users out there, it’s time to get accustomed to the new makeover of Facebook. To delve deep, Facebook has announced a host of changes to its APIs.
Of course, these changes are not much of an issue as Facebook has already announced that it was conducting an audit of “all apps that had access to large amounts of information before we changed our platform in 2014.” But these new restrictions have placed quite a number of APIs. These include, specifically, the Events, Pages, Groups, and Instagram APIs. So, some of the most notable changes include:
- Access to the Events, Groups, Pages and Instagram APIs shut off for new developers.
- Also, all apps that have access or seek to gain access to the Events, Groups, and Pages APIs must undergo a formal app review. This further includes that, that all apps that currently have access to the Events and Groups APIs would lose access while their review is underway.
- Facebook would be also shutting down part of the Instagram API, which was originally scheduled for depreciation on July 31.
- Apps seeking to use the Groups API would first have to receive approval from a group admin to “ensure that they are benefiting the group.”
- Facebook would be approving access to the Pages API going forward on the basis of whether the apps are “providing useful services to our community.”
- Access to the guest list of an event or posts written by attendees on the event wall would be no longer be available to apps using the Events API.
The company also announced that a link would be starting from Monday. This would appear at the top of users’ News Feed directing them to a page where they can see how much of their data is being shared with third-party apps.
The new restrictions align clearly with one of Zuckerberg’s favorite talking points, that Facebook wants to give people the tools to build better communities. However, right now this is not clear exactly how Facebook would determine whether an API “wants to benefit the group” or how Facebook will work with admins to ensure that goal.
When it comes to changes made to the Group API, a Facebook spokesperson reported via email that, “Our goal is to support these apps in a way that meets the needs of admins, while also better protecting the privacy of group members. We are collecting feedback from admins primarily through our Power Admins Groups and at Community Leadership Circles, which we launched earlier this year.”
On a conference call with reporters, Zuckerberg emphasized that the goal of the changes was to ensure that users could still share the data they choose with apps they want to log into, but “anything that might also share other people’s information — those should be more restricted.”