Terms of Service URL for Facebook app

30 April 2017
Terms of Service URL for Facebook app

If you're developing a Facebook app - either a game or simply an app to allow users to log in with their Facebook accounts on your website or mobile app, you're asked to have a Terms of Service agreement for the "Terms of Service URL" field.

This requirement from Facebook is optional when you want to make your app live, i.e. no longer in development mode.

Facebook is asking all apps to have a Terms of Service agreement before the app is public to users.

Depending on your app, your app may not be approved to go live if you don't have the "Terms of Service URL set" field with an URL to your agreement.

Download the instructions: How to add the Terms of Service URL to your Facebook app

A Terms of Service agreement is required because users who will log into your website or app through their Facebook accounts are required to comply with the rules you've set in your Terms of Service when they click the "OK" button.

Here's how to the "Terms of Service URL" field looks. This is where you need to add the URL:

Terms of Service URL field in Facebook app

Here's how to find the "Terms of Service URL" field:

  1. Go to App Details page
  2. Go to Contact Info tab
  3. Find the Privacy Policy for Login Dialog section
  4. The App Details page is located in the sidebar of the Facebook Developers website after you login as the developer.
  5. Click on "App Details", go to the "Contact Info tab" to add the URL:

    App Details icon on Facebook

You need to host the Terms of Service agreement on your own website. Facebook will not provide hosting.

If you only developed a Facebook app to be used as a social login for your users, i.e. Sign-in with Facebook functionality, link the Terms of Service from your website to the Facebook app in the "Terms of Service URL" field.

This is exactly what Buffer did.

Their Facebook app is used to allow users to sign-in to Buffer using their Facebook accounts. The "Login Dialog" window connects the App Terms link directly to Buffer's own Terms of Use:

Buffer Login Dialog

The same link from the "Login Dialog" is present on Buffer's website footer:

Buffer Website Footer

Deer Hunter, a Facebook game from Glu, links their Terms of Service for the game with their Terms of Service agreement found on their website. This is how the link appears in Facebook App Store:

Deer Hunter Facebook App: Link to App Terms

The same link to their Terms of Service is available on their website at the footer section:

Deer Hunter (Glu Mobile) footer: Link to Terms page

Please note that a "Terms of Service" is the same as a "Terms and Conditions". The names for this kind of agreement can be any of the following:

  • Terms and Conditions
  • Terms of Use
  • Terms of Service

It doesn't matter if your website has a "Terms of Use" and Facebook is requesting a "Terms of Service". Simply link your Terms of Use at the "Terms of Service URL" field.

Note that Facebook will require the URL to your Privacy Policy at the "Privacy Policy URL" field:

Facebook Contact Info: Highlight Privacy Policy URL

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