EFF calls Facebook’s campaign against Apple’s iOS 14 privacy changes ‘laughable’

The EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) has called Facebook’s campaign against Apple’s iOS 14 privacy changes “laughable”.

Facebook took out full-page newspaper ads last week in protest at Apple’s privacy changes in iOS 14:

https://twitter.com/DaveStangis/status/1339183289349918721

Apple’s new policies require apps which collect information about users to disclose what data they’re grabbing—and request specific permission to do...

Twitter launches new API, wants developers to build the good kind of bots

Twitter has released a new API which it wants developers to use to build helpful bots and more powerful third-party apps.

According to a post on the Twitter Developer Blog, the new API will no longer take “a one-size-fits-all approach” and will be “more flexible and scalable to fit your needs.”

What that means in practice is Twitter’s API now includes three access levels: the free basic level, elevated, and custom. Developers will no longer have to transfer...

Facebook releases Graph API v8.0, reminds devs that ‘Sharing for Devices’ will soon end

Facebook has released the eighth version of its Graph API, which requires some action from developers.

Graph API v8.0 brings several changes and deprecates various features. Among the most notable is that “Sharing for Devices” – a feature enabling users to share content from IoT devices – will no longer be available from November 2nd.

The following API versions are also being deprecated:

September 28, 2020 - v5.0 and v6.0 of the Marketing API will no...

Facebook Messenger partners with devs to provide free official coronavirus responses

Facebook is partnering with its developer community to provide free services to help fight the coronavirus outbreak.

The company will help government health organisations and recognised agencies like the UN to connect with Facebook’s developer community to scale their responses to the pandemic.

Facebook says its developer partners are offering their services to such organisations for free during this crisis to help tackle it and save lives.

Among the examples of...

Facebook issues update following cancellation of ‘in-person’ F8 event over coronavirus

Facebook has issued an update following its decision to cancel this year’s F8 conference over coronavirus fears.

F8 is Facebook’s annual event to update the world on its plans for world domination. The event is developer-focused but users also watch the conference to learn about all the new apps, features, and even hardware coming their way.

In a blog post, Facebook wrote:

“Given the growing concerns around COVID-19, we’ve...

Developers can now access Twitter’s useful ‘Hide Replies’ feature

Twitter has opened up “Hide Replies” to enable third-party app developers to integrate this welcome new feature into their own software.

Hide Replies was rolled out worldwide last November but, as so many of the social network’s features initially, it was limited to Twitter’s own app.

The feature allows users to hide specific replies to their conversations. While these can be unhidden if other users choose, it helps to filter out online trolls aiming to...

TikTok releases SDK to help developers tap into the viral phenomenon

Viral hit app TikTok has released an SDK enabling third-party app developers to create and share to the short video service.

“The new TikTok SDK allows third-party apps an opportunity to extend their reach while giving users a wider selection of creative tools to help their videos match their vision. We’re excited to extend our creative offerings with our new developer program,” the company said in a blog post.

TikTok is owned by China’s ByteDance and...

Instagram launches Basic Display API and will deprecate its predecessor

Facebook has announced on its developer blog that Instagram is launching the full Basic Display API and deprecating its predecessor.

The final permission, Basic Permission, is being migrated from the Instagram Legacy API starting today.

With the migration of this final permission, the Basic Display API is now able to do all the expected interactions with Instagram such as importing photos, connect to Instagram profiles, and more.

Facebook's Instagram team have also...

Facebook updates Graph, Messenger, and Marketing APIs to 4.0

Facebook has updated three of its most important APIs to version 4, bringing some important changes to be aware of.

While the version number indicates a large release, it’s worth noting that Facebook is transitioning to major numbers for all new versions. The change in numbering aligns the version numbers of Facebook’s SDKs with the version of the API.

Graph API 4.0

Pages API – Facebook now requires one of the following permissions for an app to access the...

Mozilla criticises Facebook’s political ad API as being ‘inadequate’

Privacy advocates Mozilla have called out Facebook’s political ad API as ‘inadequate’ and not working as it should.

Social media is a powerful tool, especially for those wanting to influence a massive number of people. The reach and potential anonymity of social media have led to huge disinformation campaigns often designed for political manipulation.

Intelligence agencies often point the finger at Russia for many of these disinformation campaigns. Infamous...