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Platform Update on Publish Permission

July 31, 2018ByIme Archibong
Update on August 1, 2019 at 6:00PM PT:

We've listened to feedback from our developer community, and recognize that more time is needed for many partners to fully transition off of the publish_actions permission. In response, we’ve updated the deprecation timeline, and a limited number of developers now have until February 1, 2020, before the permission is deprecated and apps lose access.

Originally published on July 31, 2018 at 3:00PM PT:

Over the past few months, we've continued to make significant changes to Facebook to better protect your information. This has meant working closely with developers to make sure they can adapt their apps to our new, tighter rules, while also continuing to offer people useful social experiences, like playing games or sharing playlists with friends. In a blog post on April 24, we announced that the publish_actions permission — which grants apps access to publish posts to Facebook as the logged in user — would be deprecated by August 1.

Roughly 60,000 apps will lose access to the publish_actions permission on August 1, and we encourage developers to switch to Facebook's Share dialogs for web, iOS and Android. However, this timing does not give some desktop apps and hardware partners enough time to make the switch as they have very long product lifecycles. Therefore, we've granted 6-month and 12-month extensions respectively to these categories of developers. These developers will be managed closely by our partnerships team and will need to confirm that they comply with all our Platform Policies. We believe this should be enough time for approximately 100 integrations to transition their apps, while continuing to protect people’s information.

We appreciate the feedback from developers, and we will continue to make the changes needed to protect people's Facebook information while also enabling them to deliver great social experiences.