Facebook shutters newly-acquired Face.com, angers developers
Facebook is not getting happy faces from many developers, after Face.com, a facial recognition company it recently acquired, is closing down its facial recognition APIs in the next 30 days.
A report on tech site The Next Web said this was in contrast to Face.com's initial assurance to developers that it would continue to support them.
“We’re excited to move forward to work with all our friends at Facebook. Part of this process includes closing down other products and services that we are no longer able to support, and this includes the Face.com developers API,” it quoted Face.com as telling developers in an email.
In contrast, The Next Web said Face.com issued a statement last June 18, when Facebook's acquisition of Face.com was announced.
At that time, it told developers the plan is "to continue to support our developer community."
The Next Web posted a tweet by Android developer Ryan Gravener indicating he was "boycotting" Facebook, and urging colleagues to "delete your friends in protest."
But The Next Web said it also appears Face.com may be willing to give developers an "extension" until October.
It quoted Windows Phone developer James Mundy as saying Face.com was giving him "until October" to find an alternative.
Earlier, Mundy tweeted the shutting down of the API meant "months of work wasted." — TJD, GMA News
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