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All apps must be set to Live Mode for production use

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Starting October 23, 2019, all apps must be set to Live Mode for production use. Apps that stay in Development (Dev) Mode will not be able to manage any assets (for example: Pages or ad accounts) that aren’t owned by their own business or access the data of any users who aren’t associated with the app.

We offer Dev Mode and Live Mode to support the development process for developers integrating with our APIs. This post outlines the difference between these modes and the necessary steps to take to switch your app to Live Mode.

Note: Apps accessing advanced user permissions and/or business permissions must have also completed App Review.

Background on Development Mode

Newly created apps are automatically set to Dev Mode, giving developers an environment to configure and test their integration prior to submitting for App Review. When an app is in development mode, it will have access to all permissions and features, but can only access data for the following roles on the app: Administrator, Developer, Tester and Analytics User.

Benefits of Dev Mode

Dev Mode does not require App Review since it’s used for testing and configuration purposes, and it doesn’t provide access to user data (for users who aren’t associated with the app). This helps you test out various permissions and features and compile the assets required for App Review.

Best practices for app development

Our best practice for app development is as follows:

  1. Create app, which is automatically set to Dev Mode
  2. Begin testing with your own assets, and compile the assets required for App Review
  3. Submit for necessary permissions/features in App Review
  4. After completing App Review, switch your app to “Live”

Switching to Live Mode

To switch to Live Mode, go to your App Dashboard and find the toggle at the top of the screen:

You will first need to indicate a few pieces of information in your Basic Settings, including:

  • Privacy Policy URL
  • App Icon (1024 x 1024)
  • Business Use
  • App Category

Benefits of Live Mode

Once you’re in Live Mode and have completed App Review for the permissions and features your app requires, you will be able to access the associated data for users interacting with your integrations (for example: people commenting on your business’ page or users signing up for your app).

If you’re accessing the Marketing API, Live Mode will also mean you’re eligible for Ads Management Standard Access, which provides higher rate limits than the Dev Tier.

Ready to switch your app to Live Mode? Visit your App Dashboard now.

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Helping Prevent Discrimination in Ads that Offer Housing, Employment or Credit Opportunities.

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iscrimination has no place on Facebook, and our advertising policies have long prohibited unlawful discrimination. Over the last year, our auditors have released two progress updates on Facebook’s Civil Rights Audit and we reached a historic settlement with leading civil rights organizations. As part of the settlement, we introduced a new process for how advertisers based in the US, or trying to reach audiences in the US, can buy ads that offer housing, employment or credit opportunities. These ads are known as Special Ad Categories and are restricted from using the following targeting criteria: age, gender, ZIP code, multicultural affinity or any detailed options describing or appearing to relate to protected characteristics.The Latest News from Facebook for Business

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Facebook Brings WhatsApp Integration to Its Revamped Crisis Response Tool

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Social network giant Facebook is adding a WhatsApp button to crisis response tool, its disaster-reporting and communications feature where a user requests or offers help during a time of emergency. The tool is being used in 300 crises in more than 80 countries presently.

The new feature will allow people in affected areas to provide real-time information related to any disaster, TechCrunch.com reported on Tuesday.

Formerly, replies to requests on Facebook’s crisis response pages could only be sent with Facebook Messenger.

The update allow the social network to provide this information to state and local officials, as well as federal relief agencies such as Direct Relief and the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation.

Facebook is also expanding its Data for Good tools, using its data to provide relief organisations with information on where to distribute supplies, based on aggregated, anonymised data.

Additionally, Facebook is also updating its disaster maps to be more accurate in collaboration with agencies such as the International Displacement Monitoring Centre.

The new features will allow for photo and video sharing within the Crisis Response centre on Facebook.

Crisis Response originally developed out of a handful of features that help family, friends and communities support one another in the wake of a disaster.

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Facebook to Allow Transfer of Photos, Videos to Google, Other Rivals

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Facebook started testing a tool on Monday that lets users move their images more easily to other online services, as it faces pressure from regulators to loosen its grip on data. The social network’s new tool will allow people to transfer their photos and videos directly to competing platforms, starting with Google Photos. The company said it will first be available to people in Ireland and will be refined based on user feedback.

The tool will then be rolled out worldwide in the first half of 2020.

US and European regulators have been examining Facebook’s control of personal data such as images as they look into whether the tech giant’s dominance is stifling competition and limiting choice for consumers. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has reacted by calling for new rules to address “data portability” and other issues.

Facebook said that as it worked on a new set of data portability tools, it had discussions with policymakers, regulators, and academics in the UK, Germany, Brazil, and Singapore to learn about which data should be portable and how to protect privacy.

The company is developing products that “take into account the feedback we’ve received and will help drive data portability policies forward by giving people and experts a tool to assess,” Steve Satterfield, director of privacy and public policy, said in a blog post.

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