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The Facebook Moments app for iOS and Android will be shutting down on Feb. 25. It’s a standalone Facebook app which allows users to privately share photos and videos.
Was the Facebook Moments app actually useful?
Facebook launched the Moments app in 2015, offering users a new way to manage their photos and videos. The app also featured the company’s facial recognition software, which enables users to easily identify people in photos and share the photos with their friends. However, Facebook hasn’t updated the app for quite some time now, and yesterday, it revealed its intentions of shutting down the app.
“We’re ending support for the Moments app, which we originally launched as a place for people to save their photos. We know the photos people share are important to them so we will continue offering ways to save memories within the Facebook app,” the company told CNET in a statement.
Although the app seemed useful, it didn’t actually interest users because it didn’t link their photos to the main Facebook app. The social networking giant added many tools to the app, like the ability to identify users’ friends, their birthdays and more. However, most users preferred to share their photos and videos on the main Facebook app or use services like Google Photos instead.
The Facebook Moments app was caught up in controversy shortly after its launch. At the time, privacy advocates criticized the app for its intrusive software algorithms which automatically recognize users’ friends. The social networking giant was also caught forcing users to download the Moments app. There were reports that the company notified some users that their photos would be deleted if they didn’t download the app.
Why is Facebook closing the Moments app?
Facebook says it is closing the app because not many people are using it. However, according to
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