Facebook should give us 2 months before releasing breaking changes to the Messenger API!

Facebook should give us 2 months before releasing breaking changes to the Messenger API!

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Hicham TAHIRI a lancé cette pétition adressée à Facebook developers

We (the developers) love Messenger

Within this last decade, thousands of developers working for the greatest brands, have invested time and money to create and deploy chatbots.
Those developers have built chatbots for customer care, sales, marketing, healthcare, and many interactive experiences unleashed by the one critical piece of tech: the Facebook Messenger API

The life of an API

Regurlarly, new features and bug fixes are released Messenger, with a minor impact to the API. But now and then, there is some more fundamental changes that requires some migration and mitigation work from developers to keep the compatibility with their chatbots. All this is the normal life of an API.
Usually,  breaking changes are announced several months ahead to let developers adapt their code, test the new behavior and upgrade.
Usually but not this time.
On December the 1st 2020, Facebook announced that il will be deploying breaking changes within 2 weeks, just before the holidays, picking the worst period of the year with an extremely short delay.

Short notice is a bad practice

And bad practices are even more shocking when they come from one of the best tech companies in the world, with such a strong engineering culture.

Short notice messes peoples life

Besides the bad practice, this unexpected event is coming with such a tight deadline that it created a wave of stress and anxiety (to not say panic) on everyone having Messenger chatbots in production. Because of this decision, many developers are forced to deprioritize and reschedule their current projects, missing their own deadlines, under an extreme presure of their customers. Again not the delay, nor the period of the year are good in this announcement.

Please fix this!


While the benefit of evolving the Messenger API is obvious, breaking changes should be done within a raisonable notice delay.

By signing this petition,
I thereby ask Facebook to give developers a minimum of 2 months delay before releasing the breaking changes announced on the Messenger API Updates for Europe.

Hopefully, this delay will allow everyone to mitigate all the breaking changes introduced by this new API version in the better conditions.

Thanks in advance! 

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