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Facebook Blocks ‘Hundreds of Thousands’ of Apps From Accessing User Data

Good to know Facebook is taking steps to ensure user privacy!

Facebook has officially blocked a huge number of apps from accessing users’ personal data. In a recent blog post by Ime Archibong, Facebook’s Vice President of Product Partnerships, we learn that the social media giant has just cut off API access for “hundreds of thousands of inactive apps that have not submitted for our app review process.”

Although Facebook has often been very open to developers in the past, the world’s biggest social media site has since implemented stricter policies in terms of user privacy following the Cambridge Analytica controversy.

It’s a huge step towards ensuring user privacy.

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Back in May, the company has announced that they will thoroughly review apps and developers with existing apps on the social networking site had a deadline of August 1 to submit them for review under the new process. Those that do not comply will be blocked from accessing Facebook’s API.

In a report posted online by Mashable, we learn that “the updated review process requires developers to verify their business if their app needs specific API permissions.” Additionally, developers creating apps for other businesses are likewise required to sign new contracts and accept new restrictions on how data should be utilized.

Developers who failed to make it to the deadline may still resubmit their apps for review.

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In fact, MarTechToday article tells us that Facebook “is proactively queueing up apps for review to make sure all undergo the new app review process.”

Meanwhile, Archibong’s post says:

“Where we need more information, developers will have a limited amount of time to respond. If we don’t hear back within that timeframe, we will remove the app’s access to APIs that require approval.”

As long as app developers follow Facebook’s policies, they will not lose API access while they are undergoing the review process.


How To Get Mobile Devices Out Of Your Kids’ Hands

Mobile addiction “can happen to anyone” – and that includes our children.

Having a hard time getting your kids off their mobile devices? Well, you are not alone! Numerous parents struggle with the same problem these days.

"Technological addiction," according to digital detox expert Holland Haiis, "can happen to anyone" and that includes our children. That's why it's very important for us to help them overcome it. Besides, too much use of electronic gadgets can cause Screen Dependency Disorder (SDD), a condition that affects both a child's behavior and mental health.

So what can you do as a parent? Well we have several suggestions that could work. Read on and learn!...

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8 Creepy Things Your Smartphone Quietly Knows About You

#5 is unsettling.

We set passwords, passcodes, secret patterns, face recognition, and all that jazz just to protect our personal details from other people. However, despite all our efforts, we are still not entirely safe.

Did you know that your smartphone knows you so well it’s scary? Here are eight creepy things your smartphone quietly knows about you.

1. The places that you have been to.


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Mark Zuckerberg Loses $15 Billion Within 24 Hours

It’s a terrible day for the Facebook CEO.

Mark Zuckerberg must be a having a really bad headache right now. According to recent reports, the Facebook CEO has lost over $15 billion in a single day after investors “dumped shares” because of the social media giant’s “slowing sales growth.”

According to a report by USA Today, the loss impacted Zuckerberg seriously that he dropped from #4 to #6 of Forbes’ world billionaire’s list. While a net worth of $67.1 billion still isn’t so bad, Zuckerberg is now officially out of the top 5.

Mark Zuckerberg dropped from #4 to #6 of the world’s billionaires list.


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