Facebook has officially confirmed that Lifestage; a Snapchat-like feature it quietly launched last year will no longer be available. The company confirmed the latest development to Business Insider on Tuesday.
Lifestage, a dedicated social network for high schoolers, probably didn’t live up to Facebook’s expectation. The company pulled the app from the App Store on August 4 after it failed to update it for months.
“We originally launched Lifestage to make it easier for teens in the US to connect with others at their school by creating a video profile with content for all of things that make up their identity,” a company spokesperson told Business Insider. “Teens continue to make up an important part of the global community on Facebook, and we’ve learned a lot from Lifestage. We will continue to incorporate these learnings into features in the main Facebook app.”
The focus of the app was intended towards helping high schoolers and teens connect with their peers in the US. It worked by creating a platform for teens to share selfies and videos that could be watched by their classmates.
Lifestage generated a bit of controversy when some persons above 21 tried to hide their real age, and wanted to be a part of it. This led to some privacy concerns at the time for a lot of users as well as Facebook.
Also discontinued by Facebook is the Groups app for iOS and Android. No longer will you be able to log into the app from September 1. However, you will be able to access all your groups in the Facebook’s main app.
“Because we’re focusing on groups in the main Facebook app and on facebook.com, we are discontinuing the Facebook Groups app for iOS and Android. This means you won’t be able to log into the Facebook Groups app after September 1, 2017. All of your groups from this app will be available in the main Facebook app, where you can continue to connect with all your communities.
“We appreciate your understanding while we work on making groups even better. Thank you again for using the Facebook Groups app. We look forward to continuing our work to deliver experiences that help you connect with people about the things that matter to you.”
A new way to “go live” on Facebook could soon become a reality for all. The new feature, which is still being tested by a handful of users on the social media website according to TechCrunch, will enable you to start a live video broadcast via Facebook’s Camera scree.
The new feature will appear within the Facebook Camera screen along with other options, including ability to create s GIF or use Facebook Live Audio.
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