Facebook has recently blocked a truckload of apps from accessing its user’s data. Facebook announced that it’s shutting off access to its application programming interface, the developer platform that lets app makers access user data, for hundreds of thousands of inactive apps. Earlier Facebook was very open to developers until the whole Cambridge Analytica Scandal. Facebook announced in May during F8 conference that it was tightening up the review process for apps. Therefore, Facebook shuts off access to user data for hundreds of thousands of apps.
The company’s vice president Ime Archibong wrote on the blog post that –
“We’d encourage apps that are still being used but have not been submitted for app review to so now. However, to ensure all apps currently in use go through our review process, we will be proactively queuing up for app reviews. Where we need more information, developers will have a limited amount of time to respond. If we don’t hear back within that timeframe, we will remove the app’s access to APIs that require approval.”
The updated review process requires developers to verify their business if their app needs specific API permissions. Developers who are building apps for other businesses will also need to sign new contracts and agree to restrictions on how data would be used. The good thing is developers will not use their API access while they are being reviewed, so long as they comply with the company’s policies.
Facebook identified numerous apps that were either inactive or from developers who had not submitted the software for review, Facebook is cutting off those app’s access to its platform API. Facebook is becoming more aware of the protection of users’ personal information. Moreover, Twitter also announced some new restrictions on how developers can use its API in a bid to cut down on spam and abusive tweets. Now the developers who want to access Twitter’s API will need to apply for developer account before they can begin accessing the company’s tools.