Facebook Removing 24 Hour Caching Policy on User Data for Developers

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg just announced this morning that Facebook would be removing its Platform policy requiring that developers only store user data accessed through its APIs for 24 hours.

The removal of this policy means Facebook is making it easier for developers to build richer applications on top of user data originally sourced from Facebook. Developers will be really happy about this change – more coming soon.

Update: We just asked Mark Zuckerberg and Bret Taylor about the changes, and Zuckerberg said that the change was one primarily motivated by technical costs being created by the policy for developers, instead of any intended change in how developers should use user data.

“Zynga has had to download user information 100 million times per day because of our policy. Developers were having to architect entire systems just to do this. There aren’t any other changes in the policies on how developers can use the data,” Zuckerberg says.

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9 Responses to “Facebook Removing 24 Hour Caching Policy on User Data for Developers”

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  2. Jamie Ellis says:

    so Developers (Zynga mostly) going to see a benefit with less costs and drains on resources

    what is the benefits and implications for users!

  3. Kalle says:

    This is very interesting, any words of when this will take effect?

    When can we developers start benefiting from this policy change? Obviously, it will be some extra bandwidth involved, but will for sure bring some performance for the users.

    Finally a decision by Facebook that actually benefits both parties.

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