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Platform Updates: Operation Developer Love

December 9, 2013ByJonathan Gross

90-day migration for permission changes to access user accounts

We are modifying access to the FQL page_admin table and the endpoint. Previously, with basic permissions granted, an app could go to this endpoint or the FQL table to access the list of a user’s apps and Pages. In 90 days (September 22, 2011), we are going to require that apps have the manage_pages permission in order to obtain access to this information.

Final Reminder: Required Migration to Facebook Credits by July 1st

There are seven days remaining before all social game developers on Facebook Platform must process all payments through Facebook Credits, as we announced in January. As a reminder on offers, all offers must be run through the Facebook Credits system in partnership with TrialPay or additional partners we may add in the future. Running offers with TrialPay independently of the Facebook Credits system is not in compliance. For information on implementation options and best practices, please see our Credits Migration Page. To learn more or follow the latest news on Facebook Credits, visit the Credits page on the Developer Site.

Reducing spam on News Feed and Profile

Over the past year, we've worked hard to improve our automated systems that catch spam and malicious behavior on Platform. These systems allowed us to cut spam on Platform by 95 percent in 2010, greatly increasing user satisfaction and trust with apps on Facebook. We've been getting a lot of user feedback recently, spiking significantly over the past week, about the amount of app spam on their feeds and walls. To ensure that users have a positive experience and developers can build in a healthy ecosystem, we run automated screens that detect apps receiving large amounts of negative user feedback. Recently, we have updated our enforcement systems to identify and reduce unwanted user-to-user posts created by apps. An example of these unwanted posts is when a user posts content to a friend’s Wall using an app and the friend removes the post, marks the post as spam or blocks the app.

We encourage you to proactively review user posts and make sure that they provide engaging and welcome content. In addition, we will be rolling out new App Insights in a few weeks that will let you better monitor negative user feedback (e.g., posts marked as spam and stream story hides). For examples and explanations of user feedback click here.

For all apps that have been disabled or have had features disabled, you should have received an email at the Contact Email address listed in the Developer App with details. If you believe your app has affected by this in error, please contact us here. Note that no content is deleted if an app is disabled. If an app is re-enabled, all the content comes back.

Documentation activity for the past 7 days

We updated the Graph API docs for:

Fixing Bugs

Bugzilla activity for the past 7 days:

  • 163 new bugs were reported
  • 30 bugs were reproducible and accepted (after duplicates removed)
  • 4 bugs were fixed (4 previously reported bugs)
  • As of today, there are 1,310 open bugs in Bugzilla (up 21 from last week)

Forum Activity

Developer Forum activity for the past 7 days:

  • 474 New Topics Created
  • 195 New Topics received a reply
  • 25% received a reply from a community moderator or a Facebook employee