At last year’s F8 developer conference, Facebook announced some changes that would give users more control over what info they choose to share with apps. The company introduced the new Facebook Login, which lets users edit the permissions they give an app upon log in. They also announced a Login Review process and other changes to the API, which the company said were designed to protect people’s information.
“Many developers have already upgraded their apps, and we’re excited about the results,” a spokesperson for Facebook tells WebProNews. “Our Login Review team has reviewed more than 40,000 apps. On average, apps using the new Facebook Login are requesting 50 percent fewer permissions than apps using the previous version of Login. When apps request only the permissions that are right for people using them, people feel more comfortable logging into those apps.”
“In fact, the overall average rate of people logging in using the new Login is 11 percentage points higher than the previous version,” the spokesperson adds. “If a developer has not yet upgraded their app, it will be automatically upgraded on or after April 30, though they can still choose to upgrade at any time before that happens.”
When an app is upgraded, people will see the new Facebook Login Dialog, which includes the ability to decline permissions, so keep in mind that users may not always give you all the data you’re after. Certain permissions like friends’ photos will no longer be available.
New people logging into the app will be known by an app-scoped ID. You can find an FAQ about the changes here.
When Facebook first announced all of this, the social network was suffering from a slump in its share of social logins. Recent research from both Gigya and Janrain, however, shows that Facebook is still absolutely dominating the landscape, even extending its lead.
Facebook’s login changes are being lauded for improving user privacy.