Facebook finally launched the new Facebook Login tool, which was announced at last year’s F8 developers conference. This tool will focus on offering users the option to choose what they would like to share with third-party apps and websites.
Previously, the user would have to submit all personal information such as date of birth, photos, details of friend list to the app to use it. However, with the new provision users will be able to choose what data an app can access.
According to a post on Facebook, which was written a year back when the new update was first announced, if you log into apps using your Facebook account, the app will not be able to access all the personal information from your account. A lot of people use their Facebook accounts to access apps in order to avoid the hassle of creating separate usernames and passwords and remembering them.
Image: Facebook Newsroom
With the new Login, people can select the data an app gets to access by un-checking categories of information, one by one. If a user wishes to share their friend list with the app, but not their birth date, they can make that choice easily now.
Facebook announced changes to its login API, the technology app developers use so that users can easily create accounts on their apps using their Facebook accounts.
In conversation with ReCode, Simon Cross, a Facebook product manager said, “If a developer hasn’t prepared for Facebook’s update and its app is still coded to rely on parts of your Facebook information that you now withhold, it could bug out. But this is unlikely”. The report added that, “When you hit ‘Log in with Facebook’ on an app, you shall be redirected to the login approval page. There, you’ll now see a link to ‘edit the info you provide’, which lets you pick and choose which elements of your profile you share.”
Facebook, Facebook app information, Facebook Login API, Facebook Login tool, Simon Cross