Facebook announced that it is scrapping the emails that it sends to developers containing information about payments, replacing it with a payments reporting application-programming interface that has already gone live.

The social network called the payments reporting API “more reliable, secure, and flexible,” and it said it plans to add support for local currency later this year.

Here are more details from a post on the Facebook developer blog:

Reliability: The payments reporting API is more reliable and has built-in checks to make sure you receive all of the data.

Security: The payments reporting API can be downloaded securely via https using an OAuth-secured HTTP interface.

Flexibility: Our new report is formatted as a structured csv file, instead of the former flat tsv file. With this format, your integration of the data will continue to work regardless of what fields we may add in the future. Additionally, the API simplifies your work flow. Multiple people in your company can download the report, instead of only one person receiving the data via email.

You can start using this API right away and receive the same data you get today about your users’ purchases in the new format. This API will also support our transition to local currency later this year.

For additional details on how to implement this API, as well as how to interpret the format, please refer to our documentation.

Readers: Do you think Facebook was smart to phase out its emails and release the new payments reporting API?

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