Facebook announced a verification process for individual developers that aren’t associated with specific businesses but still wish to build on the social network’s platform and continue using its application-programming interfaces.
Prior to this change, developers were required to connect to accounts in Business Manager and provide business details and documentation.
Individual developers that submit applications for review and have those apps pass the review process will receive requests for further verification, where they can select “verify as an individual.”
At that point, they must enter an email address where they can be contacted and upload an approved verification document—such as a passport, driver’s license or government-issued photo ID—which will be reviewed. Developers that are approved will be notified via email.
Developers that are granted individual verification will have full access to events, groups, Live video, the Facebook Marketing API and Messenger Platform, along with limited access to Facebook Login and pages, with page public content access unavailable to them and end-users only being able to access up to three pages using those developers’ apps.
Konstantinos Papamiltiadis, who works on products and partnerships for Facebook, wrote in a blog post, “We’ve heard from many developers who aren’t associated with a business and want to build on the Facebook platform … Individual verification is part of our continuing efforts to improve Facebook app review and support our Facebook developers as they build on the Facebook platform.”