After thumping with Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook was up with a number of measures to withhold the damage that included API’s lockdown and restrictions on many others. Even Mark Zuckerberg, Founder, and CEO of Facebook apologized publicly and pledged to rake up all the privacy policies of the social media giant.
Due to the API lockdown, the Groups API for building apps for Groups were also affected. The apps were made to an extensive review process that took away the exemption of access to group member lists, names, and profile pictures.
Facebook confirmed the development to the TechCrunch, “What you’re seeing today is related to changes we announced in April, that require developers to go through an updated app review process in order to use the Groups API. As part of this, some developers who have gone through the review process are now able to access the Groups API.”
Groups are always the foremost pick for any admin as one can generate massive social media engagement through such groups. Following on the same line, Facebook came out with a subscription-based group that allows the admin to charge a fee to be part of any such group.
Matt Navarra, the famous social media consultant, spotted the Groups app option and posted the relevant information on his Twitter account.
Before this, Group admins have to make use of outside tools to give the app permissions to access their Group’s data.
Facebook is leaving no stone unturned to curtail any risk that may put the sensitive user data on the offering. Unlike before, the company is focusing on measures that will gain them the trust of their users. Recently, Facebook cracked on APIs and other apps that were seen violating the company’s privacy norms.