Last Updated on September 14, 2019.
It’s a sad news for mobile app developers who use Facebook Account Kit for mobile phone number authentication with OTP, call and WhatsApp. Facebook Account Kit is completely free and very helpful for developers. But, the deprecation news from Facebook can be heart breaking for some developers.
Following is the message I got from Facebook Team:
On September 9, 2019, Account Kit will stop integrating with new apps. On December 9, 2019, the daily SMS limit will be reduced to a maximum of 1,000 messages per app ID per day. We plan to fully deprecate Account Kit on March 9, 2020. Your data will be available for retrieval for 90 days (instructions here). If you choose to remove Account Kit from your app prior to the deprecation (instructions here), note that your data will only be available for 30 days before being deleted. As an alternative to Account Kit, one option is Infobip, a third-party communication platform which offers paid authentication services.
As written, now you can’t integrate Facebook Account Kit for new mobile applications. Onward December 9, 2019 the SMS limit is bring down to 1000 per day. It stops functioning completely by March 9, 2020.
I have been using react native facebook account kit library for some of my react native projects. I even written a blog post regarding the integration of Account Kit in react native. Now, it’s time to look for alternatives. Firebase phone authentication is an alternative option but it has some limits on free plan.