Facebook Messenger Embargo: What it means for Developers

Carl Dombrowski
Mar 27, 2018 · 2 min read
credit: Facebook Messenger

On Monday leading U.S. consumer protection regulator, along with an army of lawyers asked for explanation from Facebook on how it allowed data breaches of more then 50 million users.

The U.S. governmental authority, led by attorneys representing 37 states of the USA, raised serious questions on the social network’s policies and practices and even advanced that their trust has officially been broken with the Silicone valley social media giant.

A few hours following the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s announcement, Facebook VP Platform Partnerships Ime Archibong droped a bomb with a post to the Facebook for Developers platform in which he several important adjustments, to say the least, are now being made to the Facebook for Developers environments.

How will these changes impact your application or chatbot developing business? I’ve made a list of the important stuff for you to know at the moment.

An Embargo on New Apps (including Chatbot)

Facebook is pausing app review, including chatbots to investigate on them and make sure each of them comply with the 2014 revised policies to reduce data access to the users’ friends data.

We will investigate all apps that had access to large amounts of information before we changed our platform in 2014 to reduce data access, and we are conducting a full audit of any app with suspicious activity.

Pausing app review literally mean pausing the development of new apps by developers: if your Facebook app has not been published or if your chatbot has not been activated on a Facebook Business page, you will need to wait until further notice. Testing capabilities might be delayed or interrupted for some features such as chatbot broadcasts, same goes for some analytic features.

You won’t be able to reconnect a bot to a Facebook Business page as well, according to Chatfuel’s official Facebook publication by Andrew Demeters.

This embargo is until further notice but Facebook also mentioned it will be temporary and that the app review process should be back on track within the next few weeks.

Robin Hood Program

Facebook’s bug bounty program will be revamped and people who report vulnerabilities might will be rewarded. That’s good to know that at least something positive will happen since the Cambridge Analytica scandal made the news a little over a week ago.

You can read the Facebook Messenger full announcement here.

More updates in the coming hours…

Carl Dombrowski

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