Since 2010, PayPal has been one of the main methods of payment for Facebook developers. But as Facebook grows, the company is changing its PayPal policies for new developers in emerging markets, such as China, Brazil, and India. According to TechCrunch, developers in several countries must show extra identification as a means of authentication, such as photo IDs or incorporation papers, in order to be paid via direct deposit.
TechCrunch notes that this helps Facebook mitigate risk on payments to new developers and makes the platform more reliable. Facebook told TechCrunch these regulations are in line with what the company usually asks of developers in select countries that wish to be paid directly.
The affected countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Guadeloupe, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and the French regions of Guiana, Martinique, and Reunion.
New developers in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, and Sweden will not be affected by these changes.
Those that already develop on the Facebook platform are also not affected by this.