Date
16 October 2018
Justifying its decision to shut down three apps, Facebook said its needs to prioritize its resources. Photo: Reuters
Justifying its decision to shut down three apps, Facebook said its needs to prioritize its resources. Photo: Reuters

Facebook shutting down three apps due to ‘low usage’

Facebook announced on Monday that it is shutting down three apps — Moves, Hello and tbh — because of their low usage.

The social network said it will delete the user data from all of the three apps within 90 days, The Verge reports.

The Hello app, which allows people to mingle Facebook information with contact information on their phones, was launched by the social media network in 2015.

Moves, meanwhile, is a fitness app that records a user’s daily activity, including waking, cycling and running. It was bought by Facebook in 2014.

As for tbh, which was acquired by Facebook in 2017, it is an anonymous social media app that was aimed at high school students in the US.

Facebook said in a blog post that it regularly reviews its apps “to assess which ones people value most.”

“Sometimes this means closing an app and its accompanying APIs,” it said, referring to application programming interface.

Facebook said it realizes that some people who are still using the three apps will be “disappointed”, but said it decided to discontinue them as the usage scale was not big enough.

The company needs to prioritize its resources so as not to “spread [itself] too thin”, it said.

“And it’s only by trial and error that we’ll create great social experiences for people,” Facebook added.

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