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Facebook ditches BlackBerry platform

Facebook follows WhatsApp's decision to end support on BlackBerry OS

Facebook ditches BlackBerry platform
Facebook and Facebook Messenger announced that both platforms will stop supporting BlackBerry’s operating system by the end of 2016

Following WhatsApp's footsteps to cease its support for BlackBerry, its parent company shortly followed suit.

Facebook and Facebook Messenger announced that both platforms will stop supporting BlackBerry's operating system, BlackBerry 10, by the end of 2016.

The move means BlackBerry owners will be forced to use the social network's mobile website, however BlackBerry devices running Android, such as the BlackBerry Priv, will be able to run the Android version of Facebook apps.

Nevertheless for Facebook, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp enthusiasts, the end of such support potentially means buying BlackBerry devices is no longer an option.

Lou Gazzola, BlackBerry's senior marketing manager for developer relations announced the news in a blog post: "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."

He added: "We have worked hard to ensure our end users have the best experience in light of this decision, and are continuing to search for alternate solutions."

According to Facebook, 99.5% of smartphone sales are mobile operating systems from Google, Apple and Microsoft.

Last month, WhatsApp unveiled its decision to cease support for BlackBerry and Nokia devices by 2017 and advised users to upgrade their devices to a newer Android, iPhone or Windows Phone to continue using the messaging service.

"While these mobile devices have been an important part of our story, they don't offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app's features in the future. This was a tough decision for us to make, but the right one in order to give people better ways to keep in touch with friends, family, and loved ones using WhatsApp."

Related: WhatsApp bids farewell to BlackBerry and Nokia

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