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Facebook kills face-recognition APIs, KLIK app

Back in June of this year, announced that it had been acquired by Facebook. And in the related blog post, founder Gil Hirsch spelled out exactly what was going to happen to the company's services going forward:

"Now, lots of developers use technology to power various apps and make wonderful products. We love you guys, and the plan is to continue to support our developer community. If there are new developments you can expect to hear from us here, on the developer blog, and through our developer newsletter," Hirsch wrote.

Only, not so much anymore.

According to The Next Web's Martin Bryant, representatives recently sent out an email informing developers that the company's facial recognition APIs – otherwise known as its bread and butter – are shutting down within a month's time.

"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 developers API," the message read.

As one might imagine, the response from's community – which, according to the company, consists of more than tens of thousands of developers who have signed up for API tokens – is less than positive.

"That's a big bummer! I was going to run a project on their API in about six weeks," wrote Hacker News user PanMan. "Also surprising given their announcement at acquisition they would support existing developers. Anybody knows of a replacement? How hard is it to set up opencv? And how well will it work?"

Additionally, has also removed its iOS app "KLIK" from the app store. The app, which helped users tag Facebook friends in photos even before the shot was taken (thanks to's extensive facial analysis techniques), will officially go offline on 20 July. Users have until then to download any photos they've been tagged in or photos they've taken.

"After this date will dispose of the data we collect in connection with your use of the KLIK app and will not be migrating data to Facebook. All your data will be deleted – no exceptions," reads an announcement on Klik's site.