Google’s New Permissions Policy Applies to Facebook and Its Developers As Well

Facebook is one of the biggest tech companies in the world and inarguably the biggest social media platform that exists on the market in the present day. However, the fact of the matter is that without the support of companies like Google the social media platform will not be able to make the most of the various app stores that are currently available on the marketplace.

Google recently announced that it was making its policy regarding giving certain apps access to text messages that users receive a lot stricter. Basically, if a particular app wants permission to send users messages, it needed to justify why it needed that permission in the first place. A lot of apps actually got denied this permission, even apps that needed this permission in order to seem viable in the long run.

The fact of the matter is that Google needed to start being more responsible about the people that were using the Android OS, which is probably why they were so adamant about apps justifying their reasons for wanting access to the text messages that a particular user might end up receiving at any point in time.

Facebook often sends users notifications and updates via text message, and the social media platform had to request Google for permission like everyone else. As a result of this fact, Facebook has had to tell its various developers to change the code that is used to send text messages to people regarding the various notifications that they might be receiving from the social media platform and the various other users that are currently on it. Google’s policies are sparking widespread change, though only time will tell if this will do anyone any good in the long run.

"Facebook is dedicated to serving its developer community, and given this new policy, the next version of the Account Kit SDK will no longer use the RECEIVE_SMS permission.", announced Facebook developer team in a blog post.
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