Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) is reportedly moving forward towards denying access to its hashtags API. According to Tint, an audience management service, Facebook has already started the process and will put an end to hashtags API by April 30. Tint also reported many errors thatwere confirmed by Facebook.
The information was discovered by Tint. It informed its users that the social network site has scheduled the deprecation of the API endpoint that allows access to hashtag data on April 30.
To put it simply the services that plug into Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) will not be able to access hashtag data, and statistics and Facebook will most likely offer hashtag data management tool of its own.
According to a spokesperson for Facebook, the company made the move to remove hashtags API as its users wanted more control over the information shared, with apps.
The API allowed apps access to public posts of people who may not have logged into the app; this was found to be undesirable.
In related news, Facebook will start incorporating WhatsApp into its platform. This is the first major integration of WhatsApp by Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB). Analysts believe that the move is to consolidate the messaging market.
A few alternatives developers, can use, if they want to search for hashtags information on Facebook are:
- Facebook Media Solutions API apps to return a count of hashtags posts. This is available to a limited set of developers building solutions for media companies. However, this API is only available to Facebook Media Solutions partners. Developers can join by emailing email@example.com.
- Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) has a partnership, with Datasift, a service that gives apps the ability to conduct searches and receive anonymously and aggregated information from Facebook.
The new Graphic API has a hashtag endpoint that allows developers to get information on existing hashtags.