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Day 1 of F8 2018: Developer News Roundup

May 1, 2018ByKonstantinos Papamiltiadis

Today, developers, creators and business leaders from around the world gathered in San Jose, California to participate in F8, our annual developer conference, to experience Facebook's new breakthrough technology and explore more ways to bring the world closer together. If you couldn't join us in person, or watch online, don't worry, we got you covered — here are some of the top developer stories from the first day of F8 2018:

Enhanced App Review Process & Graph API 3.0

We're re-opening app reviews. We made several updates to the review process to improve the experience for developers and support stronger enforcement of our Platform Policies. For example, one of the updates includes a new business verification process for certain API permissions. We're also requiring companies that build with the Facebook platform for the purpose of serving other businesses to sign a tech provider agreement that restricts the usage of data outside of specific customer needs. Our primary focus is building an ecosystem that creates value for people, so we're reopening app review with a heightened level of expectations as we're doubling down on our commitment to transparency and giving people more control over how their data is shared.

Additionally, earlier today we introduced Graph API v3.0 with several improvements, including among them updates for Places Graph. You can read more here about the new app review process as well as details about the Graph API 3.0 announcement.

Updating Facebook Login

We're updating Facebook Login to restrict access to data, improve how the token experience is handled, enable developers to receive requests from users to delete their data and introducing a new setting in Apps Settings for business integrations. Read more

Introducing Facebook Business Solutions SDK

We're introducing the Facebook Business Solutions SDK. This SDK offers an easier experience with integrations across Facebook products by enabling access to a suite of Facebook APIs, including Business Manager API, Marketing API, Instagram API, and Pages API. Within the SDK you will find many more code samples for scenarios that will help you get up and running easily and quickly so that you can focus on growing and scaling your business. Read more

New Integrations for Facebook Workplace

We announced several new integrations for Facebook Workplace, including many of the world's leading enterprise cloud services that are designed to make common workflows dramatically easier. If you're a developer interested in helping people at more than 30,000 organizations simplify their workflows, you can apply now to the Early Access Program for Workplace Developers. Read more

In-App Purchases on Instant Games Platform

We announced that In-App Purchases (IAP) will be available on the Instant Games platform for developers to implement on Android and Developers can get access to open documentation today ahead of the submission process for IAP opening on May 7. Read more

New Version of AR Studio Introduced

We announced a new version of AR Studio which includes new tools and capabilities to help you make more rich, relevant, and contextually-aware AR experiences. In addition, we’re expanding camera effects beyond the Facebook app, so you can distribute your content to more people across new surfaces including Instagram, Messenger and Facebook Lite. Read more

We have more highlights on today's Facebook news and announcements in our Facebook Newsroom Roundup and check out the keynote and sessions on VOD. You can also get updates on F8's big moments through our Facebook for Developers page and our Instagram. Be sure to follow the conversation on Facebook and Twitter with the #F8 hashtag.