Facebook’s F8 Developer Conference Highlights Updates to Graph API

This week at Facebook’s annual F8 developer conference in San Jose, the company announced several updates, including changes to the Graph API, a new version of the Marketing API, and a new Facebook Developer Community Forum. Additionally, the company announced a new SDK to enable account verification via WhatsApp.

WhatsApp Verification Codes for Account Kit

With the addition of a new SDK for Account Kit, developers can now offer users the option of sending verification codes via WhatsApp. Expanding this functionality beyond SMS provides developers with another option for phone number login.

Graph API Updates Highlighted by Rate Limit Adjustments

The changes that Facebook announced to it’s Graph APITrack this API include rate limit adjustments to the Pages APITrack this API, Instagram Graph APITrack this API, Messenger, and the Ads Insights APITrack this API. Both the Pages API and the Instagram Graph API have updated Rate Limiting models that are based on a new Business Use Case System. While Messenger sees the introduction of a new, “Page control to allow a Page admin to opt into a Page messaging rate limit to prevent the Page from being transitioned into a High-mps Page.” Additionally, the Ads Insight API has updated rate limits that are designed to reflect the actual volume of API calls needed. Facebook will now compute the rate limit quota based on a users Marketing API access tier and the business for your app. All of these changes will apply to v3.3+, and will apply to all versions starting July 29, 2019

A New Version of the Marketing API

V3.3 of the Marketing API has been optimized with the goal of driving store traffic to locations that users specify by given Facebook Pages. This update also includes changes and deprecations to Ads Management, Product Catalog, and Ads Insights and Measurement.

Facebook Developer Community Forum

Facebook also announced a new Facebook Developer Community Forum, which they say was designed with developers in mind. The company is hoping that developers will use this new tool to discuss questions relating to apps and app development on Facebook.

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