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Facebook Releases More API Restrictions And Shutdowns


After the Cambridge Analytica data misuse scandal and the recent discovery of a Facebook app that has been leaking information on more than 120 million users, Facebook just announced a few API changes aimed at better protecting user data.

These changes will impact multiple developer-facing APIs that include the ones used to create social experiences on the site. And those for media partners and more.

API restrictions

Some APIs are shuttered for low adoption and other will require app reviews for going forward, according to the platform. Facebook said that the following API restrictions are put into place:

  • Graph API Explorer App
  • Profile Expression Kit
  • Media Solutions APIs
  • Pages API
  • Marketing API
  • Leads Ads Retrieval
  • Live Video APIs

These changes have been detailed in an official post published in the Facebook Newsroom which hinted that these will definitely not be the last ones.

“In late March, we promised to take a hard look at the information apps can use when you connect them to Facebook. We’ve shared a few updates since then — including on April 4, April 24 and at F8 in May,” says the post before detailing the changes.

“These changes will continue to enable developers to create social experiences while protecting people’s information. We will keep you updated on additional changes we make,” according to the same Facebook post.

Facebook is struggling to find more problematic apps

Facebook has been auditing its app ecosystem in an effort to find other apps that may have been leaking private information.

Related to this effort, the company has previously announced a series of other API changes that were aimed at getting a better handle on how Facebook apps can access and use people’s data.

The latest round of API changes does not include some of the higher-profile APIs like when Facebook made changes to Facebook Login, Groups, Events and other APIs back in April.

On the other hand, this does show that the developer platform review process is still underway, and more APIs will definitely be addressed in the future.