Twitter loses ability to let users auto-post tweets & retweets to Facebook

Yesterday, Facebook announced it had deprecated its Publish actions permissions from its API, a feature that made it possible for apps to publish posts to Facebook as the logged-in user.

According to Facebook, it expects that roughly 60,000 apps will be impacted — one of which is Twitter.

Twitter’s support team tweeted the following message to users not long after Facebook had removed access to the Publish actions permissions feature:

This means that a Twitter user who had connected their Twitter account to a Facebook account to automatically share their tweets and retweets on Facebook will no longer have that option.

A Facebook spokesperson confirmed that this was a result of Facebook’s decision to deprecate the Publish actions permissions feature and that Twitter had been impacted. According to Facebook, anyone wanting to have Twitter content automatically post to Facebook has the option to use Facebook’s Share dialogs for web, iOS and Android.

Facebook first announced it was deprecating Publish actions permissions in April. The company said a few categories of developers with apps that had long product life cycles had been given an extension so that they had more time to update their software.

Not only did apps lose the ability to automatically publish content to Facebook, the company says it removed access to its API platform for hundreds of thousands of inactive apps — all part of Facebook’s effort to clean up its app landscape to safeguard user data.

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Amy Gesenhues is Third Door Media’s General Assignment Reporter, covering the latest news and updates for Marketing Land and Search Engine Land. From 2009 to 2012, she was an award-winning syndicated columnist for a number of daily newspapers from New York to Texas. With more than ten years of marketing management experience, she has contributed to a variety of traditional and online publications, including,, and Sales and Marketing Management Magazine. Read more of Amy’s articles.

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