Users of BlackBerry devices who want to access Facebook may have to switch phones soon: the social networking giant is pulling out its platform, according to the embattled tech company.
In a blog post, BlackBerry admitted it was disappointed over Facebook’s move, which came on the heels of a similar withdrawal by Facebook-owned WhatsApp.
“We are extremely disappointed in their decision as we know so many users love these apps. We fought back to work with WhatsApp and Facebook to change their minds, but at this time, their decision stands,” Blackberry said.
However, Blackberry urged its faithful to “petition” developers of the two apps to resume support for BlackBerry on social media, using the hashtag #ILoveBB10Apps.
BlackBerry said Facebook recently decided to discontinue support of their essential APIs for BlackBerry, while WhatsApp would end support for BlackBerry 10 and BBOS by end of 2016.
In the meantime, BlackBerry said it would continue “to search for alternate solutions.”
“Our commitment to BlackBerry 10 and to developers has not changed – we know our developer community continues to be one of the strongest proponents of BlackBerry 10 and they are creating thousands of apps every month,” it said.
BlackBerry is supporting its developers and promoting new apps in a list called “Great Apps on BlackBerry,” which features 20 apps for two weeks, once per month.
Also, BlackBerry said it was investing in apps important to users, such as updates on Twitter.