Define annoyance: Use Facebook to log in on an app and forget to undo the setting, and few weeks later, the app has posted something on Facebook timeline without permission. Well, no more! According to the recent announcements, Facebook shut down custom feed-sharing prompts and about dozen APIs. After the data breach of Cambridge Analytica Facebook is still trying to recover its reputation, and the first step was the recent announcement of Instagram. The world’s most popular photo-sharing app Instagram will limit the access of company’s API from third-party apps. Now, the parent company Facebook also released several changes in the regulations and policies that will be applicable for new apps, and the existing apps will continue the current permissions till August 1.
Facebook has asked app developers to focus on the ‘share’ button and let users decide whether to post a feed or not. To reduce automatic posting, Facebook made several changes to its developer platform. Now, without Facebook’s permission, no app can automatically start a Facebook Live broadcast on a user’s behalf. This will bring the end for those third-party apps that rely on Facebook’s Live feature and data. In addition, starting from August 1, only Facebook-approved apps will be able to use the Facebook Live API and publish_actions APIs to post on users’ behalf.
These are the major changes that Facebook is undertaking, however, there is a long list of small but effective changes. After Tuesday’s announcement, no app will be able to RSVP to a Facebook’s event without user’s permission. Furthermore, Facebook is ruling out its integration with its app on several set-top boxes and other devices and plans to replace it with more secure and modern app. From now on, each app must use the standard Facebook sharing dialog box, and request user to publish a post on user’s behalf. Furthermore, they will not be able to use API that let them develop custom design prompts.
The regulations and shut down of APIs displeased numerous developers, and Facebook is trying to rebuild the relationship with them ever since. As a result, Facebook has urged to fill a form if someone’s business or service is gravely affected by such changed policies. This makes the next annual F8 conference much more interesting as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will explain what will happen next to its developer platform. Zuckerberg claims that such changes in the policies are just to show people that Facebook cares about their privacy and is working on to protect their personal data. Thus, people expect more updates on this matter in the next annual F8 conference. These meetings are usually full of pronouncements and demos about “the next big thing”.
Companies such as Facebook and Google need developers to build more apps on their platform as more apps mean more people, and thus, more money. However, as Facebook constantly expresses concerns and importance of users’ privacy and safety, this F8 conference would be the perfect chance to put some restrictions on app developers. And, instead of flashing plausible future in technology, it would be better if the company shows some enthusiasm towards the solving the current issues.