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12:07 am on May 10, 2018 (gmt 0)

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I just got a couple of emails from Facebook regarding an app review for my websites.

The websites use Facebook via OAuth for creating new accounts and login purposes (for the last 3 or 4 years). We don't use any friend data just information like name, email and user page.

Anything people recommend I should do before starting the review process? Is it better to wait a bit before doing the review?


App Review required by August 1, 2018 to retain existing permissions and features

The Facebook App Review process and API permissions model have been updated. Learn More.

In order to maintain your current API access, your app will need to be submitted for review by August 1, 2018. If your app is not submitted for review, you will lose access to these permissions and features.

Ľuser_link
Ľuser_gender
Ľuser_age_range
Ľuser_friends

The Facebook Platform APIs have been updated with these changes. Please review the FAQ to ensure you request the correct permissions and features with your app review submission.

If access to the permissions and features is approved, the app may need to be associated to a verified business to complete App Review.
11:00 am on May 10, 2018 (gmt 0)

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I guess that you just have to review carefully their new terms, and FAQ to be sure to understand all the tiny prints and details. To be sure your usage is compliant.
1:59 pm on May 13, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Yup I plan on doing that. Sites are not super busy or anything but I am surprised I have not seen any real mention of this on the net yet. I am assuming this has something to do with the recent Privacy overhaul Facebook is doing.
2:15 pm on May 13, 2018 (gmt 0)

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There has also been a recent corporate re-organization that changes the people in charge of various FB services and how they interact: [webmasterworld.com...] as well as changes to comply with the upcoming GDPR data security concerns.
6:04 am on May 15, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Recent MSM reports of FB nixing 200 apps from their eco-system might also suggest a notification to others in the app community is reasonable.
7:48 am on May 15, 2018 (gmt 0)

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They need to verify what people are exactly doing.
2:07 pm on May 15, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Facebook issued an update to their App audit [newsroom.fb.com] yesterday that shows it is an audit of all FB apps. There was supposed to have been an audit in 2015 after the FTC consent decree, so this is catch-up work.

If anyone wants to know whether their own data was snagged by an App (since they were allowed to include Friends' data without consent) they can check for that here: [facebook.com...]

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I bet they are discovering "interesting" things, while auditing these app...
11:17 am on June 11, 2018 (gmt 0)

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FYI, once you click the submission button on the Facebook Developers page for your app they ask you if you want additional login permissions and other Features. These include:

LOGIN PERMISSIONS

business_management
groups_access_member_info
manage_pages
pages_manage_instant_articles
publish_pages
publish_to_groups
read_insights
read_page_mailboxes
user_age_range
user_birthday
user_events
user_friends
user_gender
user_hometown
user_likes
user_link
user_location
user_managed_groups
user_photos
user_posts
user_tagged_places
user_videos

FEATURES

Ads Management Basic Access
Page Mentions
Live Video API
Page Public Content Access
Groups API