Developers looking forward to creating apps based around the hugely popular WhatsApp messaging platform are in for disappointment. According to WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton, the company has no plans to release an API.
The news came during a panel held at the Facebook F8 developers conference recently. Facebook purchased WhatsApp for around $22b in 2014, and Acton was facing audience questions alongside Facebook’s own VP of the Messenger platform David Marcus, and Instagram – another high profile Facebook acquisition – co-founder Mike Krieger.
“We’re desperate to communicate with our members where WhatsApp would be a wonderful platform,” said one engineer, questioning if an API was forthcoming, in a chat chronicled by Mashable.
Acton said there were “no current plans” to open up an API for third-party developers, adding they “don’t want to inundate users with messages they don’t want.” The engineer wasn’t the first to ask, and WhatsApp regularly fields emails requesting to use WhatsApp as “the backbone for communication,” according to Acton.
While there wasn’t an absolute denial one would come at a much later time, there doesn’t seem to be any hope for a WhatsApp API in the near future.