Facebook cracks down at third-party apps, stops them stealing users’ data


San Francisco: After facing all-around criticism for users’ data leak, Facebook has finally begun its crackdown on the third-party apps. These apps will no longer be able to steal, share or spam data without prior permission from social-networking giant. The policy will also be applicable on Instagram as well.

Facebook, a post on its developers’ page late on Tuesday, said the new apps “created from today onwards will not have access to publish posts to Facebook as the logged in user”.

According to Facebook, the publish_actions permission will be deprecated. This permission granted apps access to publish posts to Facebook as the logged in user.

“Apps created before today that have been previously approved to request publish_actions can continue to do so until August 1. No further apps will be approved to use publish_actions via app review,” the post said.

British political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica was found misusing users’ data collected by a Facebook quiz app which used the “Login with Facebook” feature.

“Developers currently utilising publish_actions are encouraged to switch to Facebook’s Share dialogues for the web, iOS and Android,” Facebook said.

“Effective today, name and bio from comments on your own media will be removed; you will continue to receive the username and comment text.

“On August 1, the Live application programming interface (API) Apublish_actions permission, which allows an app to publish on behalf of its Users, will be reserved for approved partners.

“A new permission model that allows apps to publish Videos to their User’s Groups and Timeline will be created instead,” said Facebook.

There is also an Instagram “Graph API” change which removes the ability to pull the profile of users who leave comments on your posts.

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