What does it mean to API validate entries?
This means that it will be authenticated to ensure a user is actually performing the action they say they are. For example, if they are required to follow your Twitter page, it will be confirmed in real-time that they are doing it.
How do I add/remove API validation from a SweepWidget entry method?
If an entry method has API validation, you will see a checkbox option called “API Validated Entries”. If you want to enable API validation, simply tick the checkbox. If you want to disable it, untick it.
Note: some entry methods require API validation to function, so you will see the checkbox, but won’t have to option to untick it.
How does this work?
Many social media platforms offer something known as an API (Application programming interface). According to Wikipedia, an API is as follows:
An application programming interface is a way for two or more computer programs to communicate with each other. It is a type of software interface, offering a service to other pieces of software. A document or standard that describes how to build or use such a connection or interface is called an API specification.
This means that SweepWidget can talk directly to the social platform to confirm if the user liked, followed, subscribed, commented, etc.
Does SweepWidget use an API to validate everything?
We validate as many things as possible. However, some social media platforms don’t offer API verification for certain actions. In these instances, we must use manual verification. A common example of this would be: after the user performs an action (for example, subscribing), we will ask them what username they subscribed with.