Facebook platform update: page tabs, payments, fan gates, more

Facebook shared a number of updates on its developer blog today, including new features, API changes and bug fixes.

New link makes apps easier to add – Tab application pages now include an “Add App to Page” option to make it simpler for admins to add custom tabs to their pages. The link is found in the gear menu on pages associated with page tab applications (see right). Developers can enable this feature in the advanced section of the Dev App.

Payments reports updated – Daily detail reports for developers accepting payments now include a new order type. The new “J” type is a reversal of a chargeback that happened out of the window. Facebook says this shouldn’t affect developers’ payout totals, but this gives developers data on the orders.

Fan gate bug fixed – Facebook resolved an issue that prevented fan gates — tab apps that hide content until users Like a page — from working properly when pages converted to the new Timeline design. Even though pages cannot set default landing tabs, tab apps continue to support fan-gating now that the bug has been fixed.

Time zones to be removed from events – Facebook will disable event start and end times from being returned with time zones from the Graph API as of April 1. This sounds counter to the changes to events announced Wednesday. We are awaiting clarification from Facebook.

For more details about upcoming breaking changes and a list of other bug fixes this week, see Facebook’s Developer Blog. We covered the latest changes to the Pages API in more depth here.

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