Facebook stops third party apps to access to user data

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Facebook has recently announced that it is shutting access to its application programming interface, the developer platform that lets app makers access user data, for hundreds of thousands of inactive apps. Facebook had set an deadline for 1st August, during the F8 developer conference, for developers and businesses to re-submit apps to an internal review, a process that involves signing new contracts around user data collection and verifying one’s authenticity.

Company’s goal is to ensure that third party software on Facebook was in line with the company’s data privacy rules and new restrictions put in place in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which a third-party developer siphoned user data and sold it to another firm in violation of Facebook’s terms of service. Now, after it identified numerous apps that were either inactive or from developers who had not submitted the software for review, Facebook is cutting off those apps access to its Platform API.

The Company said that “We encourage apps that are still being used but have not been submitted for app review to do so now. However, to ensure all apps currently in use go through our review process, we will be proactively queueing up apps for review. The company’s vice president of product partnership Ime Archibong writes in a blog post. “Where we need more information, developers will have a limited amount of time to respond. If we don’t hear back within that time frame, we will remove the app’s access to APIs that require approval.”

Now Facebook had says that developers will not lose their API access while their app is in the queue for review, or while Facebook is in the process of reviewing the app, so long as the software complies with its revised policies.

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