Facebook Updates their Platform Policies for Developers to reflect Facebook Credits

| by tvTayber

If you develop games or apps for Facebook you need to be constantly monitoring the Facebook Developer Policies. I use the SiteDelta Firefox add on to alert me when there are changes. Here are the most recent changes that signal a shift in the policies to reflect a mandatory Facebook Credits environment.

Facebook Platform Policies

Facebook Platform Policies

http://developers.facebook.com/policy/

  1. Games on Canvas Pages must use Facebook Credits as their sole and exclusive payment method for all virtual goods and currencies made available to users within the game. All other payment options are prohibited within games on Canvas Pages unless they go through Facebook Credits rather than directly through that payment option. By “Payment Method” we mean any method that allows a user to complete a transaction where the user receives virtual currency or virtual goods in a game on a Canvas Page in exchange for anything of value, including, without limitation, by exchanging monetary value for virtual currency or virtual goods, whether directly at the time of purchase or via any previous transaction such as the user’s earlier purchase of a prepaid gift card or electronic code. In-game rewards of virtual currency or virtual goods earned by users through game-play activity alone are exempt from this definition.
  2. Applications may reward users with virtual currency or virtual goods in exchange for user actions that do not involve third parties, but rewards for user actions that involve third parties must be powered by Facebook Credits by integrating Facebook Credits offers. For example, you may not reward users with virtual currency or virtual goods in exchange for any action in which personally identifiable information is shared with a third party, you may not reward users with virtual currency or virtual goods in exchange for third party downloads, such as toolbars or ringtones, and you may not reward users with virtual currency for engaging in passive actions offered by third parties, such as watching a video, playing a mini-game, or taking an anonymous poll.
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One Response to “Facebook Updates their Platform Policies for Developers to reflect Facebook Credits”

JT says:

I think this is a smart move for FB. It better protects users from third-party abuse, their ad revenue, and will discourage the rise of another Zynga.

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