BlackBerry has slipped to the point that not even Facebook is taking it too seriously – the social media giant is removing its support from the BlackBerry version of its app. This comes after the announcement made earlier this month by Facebook subsidiary WhatsApp, which also plans to withdraw from the BlackBerry OS. Both applications will still be available on the Android powered BlackBerry Priv device.
BlackBerry has stated that it is “extremely disappointed” in Facebook’s decision to pull the apps. It is urging its users to log onto Facebook via the web browser on their handsets. This will be aided by a native app that will direct users to the web version. The app will replace the official Facebook app on March 31.
“We fought back to work with WhatsApp and Facebook to change their minds, but at this time their decision stands,” said Lou Gazzola, of Blackberry’s developer relations department in a CBC story. Gazzola urged users to let Facebook and WhatsApp “know how you feel on social media, using the hashtag #ILoveBB10Apps.”