Facebook Is Cutting Off API Access for Apps That Failed to Meet Its Aug. 1 Deadline

The social network announced a more comprehensive review process in May

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Facebook vice president of product partnerships Ime Archibong issued a reminder to developers with applications that use the social network’s platform APIs (application-programming interfaces): Today is Aug. 1.

Facebook announced in May that all apps using its platform APIs would need to undergo a more comprehensive review, with an Aug. 1 submission deadline.

Archibong said in a blog post that Facebook is cutting off API access for “hundreds of thousands of inactive apps” that did not meet the deadline.

He added, “We’d encourage apps that are still being used but have not been submitted for app review to do so now. However, in order to ensure that all apps currently in use go through our review process, we will be proactively queueing up apps for review. 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. Developers will not lose their API access while their app is in the queue or while we are reviewing it—so long as they comply with our platform policies.”

david.cohen@adweek.com David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.
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