Facebook Messenger partners with devs to provide free official coronavirus responses

Facebook is partnering with its developer community to provide free services to help fight the coronavirus outbreak.

The company will help government health organisations and recognised agencies like the UN to connect with Facebook’s developer community to scale their responses to the pandemic.

Facebook says its developer partners are offering their services to such organisations for free during this crisis to help tackle it and save lives.

Among the examples of...

Facebook issues update following cancellation of ‘in-person’ F8 event over coronavirus

Facebook has issued an update following its decision to cancel this year’s F8 conference over coronavirus fears.

F8 is Facebook’s annual event to update the world on its plans for world domination. The event is developer-focused but users also watch the conference to learn about all the new apps, features, and even hardware coming their way.

In a blog post, Facebook wrote:

“Given the growing concerns around COVID-19, we’ve...

Facebook announces winners of its 2019 Developer Circles Community Challenge

Facebook has announced the winners of this year's Developer Circles Community Challenge during their iD8 conference in Nairobi.

The challenge aims to support and highlight global developers using technologies such as React360 and Spark AR for impactful projects.

Facebook introduced 140 “Build Days” this year which provided an opportunity for participants to meet up offline and build with developers in their local areas.

Here are the overall winners of...

Facebook adopts Visual Studio Code internally through Microsoft partnership

Facebook has collaborated with Microsoft to further improve the latter’s Visual Studio Code’s remote development extensions to allow remote development at scale with the editor.

As reported by Thurrott, Microsoft improved the Visual Studio Code’s remote development experience by using Facebook’s feedback and input, allowing the social media giant to start out its own custom...

Instagram launches Basic Display API and will deprecate its predecessor

Facebook has announced on its developer blog that Instagram is launching the full Basic Display API and deprecating its predecessor.

The final permission, Basic Permission, is being migrated from the Instagram Legacy API starting today.

With the migration of this final permission, the Basic Display API is now able to do all the expected interactions with Instagram such as importing photos, connect to Instagram profiles, and more.

Facebook's Instagram team have also...

Facebook updates Graph, Messenger, and Marketing APIs to 4.0

Facebook has updated three of its most important APIs to version 4, bringing some important changes to be aware of.

While the version number indicates a large release, it’s worth noting that Facebook is transitioning to major numbers for all new versions. The change in numbering aligns the version numbers of Facebook’s SDKs with the version of the API.

Graph API 4.0

Pages API – Facebook now requires one of the following permissions for an app to access the...

Facebook will open Ad API to increase political transparency

Following increasing pressure, Facebook will be opening up its Ad API to increase transparency around how it serves political adverts.

A letter penned by Mozilla and its partners – which includes “technologists, human rights defenders, academics, journalists, and Facebook users” – demanded this very change. By opening the API, the coalition hopes tools can be made to analyse and counter ads used to influence politics.

Rob Leathern, Product Director at...

Apple revokes Facebook’s enterprise developer certificate

Apple has put Facebook on the naughty step and revoked its enterprise developer certificate following a data-snooping app scandal.

For those who expected Facebook’s apparent disregard for data privacy to have culminated with the Cambridge Analytica scandal of 2018, you may want to think again.

News broke yesterday that Facebook paid users as young as 13 to install a ‘research’ app that collects data of phone and web activity.

Facebook took advantage of...

Facebook now allows developers to compete with its own features

Facebook has removed a controversial policy which prevented developers from building features that compete with its own.

Prior to today, Platform Policy section 4.1 stated: “Don’t replicate core functionality that Facebook already provides.”

Considering how often Facebook is seen to borrow ideas from the likes of Snapchat, Twitter, and more, it was a policy always frowned upon by developers.

And Facebook enforced it.

Vine was one high-profile...

Facebook is using AI to help developers track down bugs

Facebook is releasing an AI-powered tool called SapFix which aims to help software developers track down pesky bugs in their code.

SapFix detects errors in code and suggests possible fixes to developers. Currently, it fixes bugs spotted by Sapienz – a software testing tool by Facebook – but the company promises it will be able to find errors in any code.

The AI works by rolling back the code which has caused an error. At this point, it refers to its knowledge base...