Published: Thu, August 10, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Facebook shuts down Lifestage app dedicated to teens

Facebook shuts down Lifestage app dedicated to teens

Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) can't beat Snapchat at its own game every time. The networking app was launched back in August 2016 and let teenagers post images or videos on it. Teens were able to post in categories such as like, dislike, how I dance and my best friends. As per Business Insider, this standalone app by Facebook was aimed at teenagers.

The social networking behemoth has shuttered its ill-fated teen-focused app Lifestage, which was essentially a complete Snapchat clone.

Lifestage was meant to help high schoolers keep in contact with their classmates and it presented a Snapchat type of interface wherein users could upload selfies and videos for their classmates to see.

But the Snapchat-like app, which was available to users 21 years old and younger, never became massively popular and also raised privacy concerns. The limitations on its membership were meant to increase the privacy of its users, but content was public and there was no way to enforce the age rule. With 250 million daily users, Instagram and its Stories feature has now surpassed Snapchat's 166 million.

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But Lifestage isn't the only app that Facebook is killing. Unfortunately, Lifestage never actually managed to enter the top charts of the App Store but Facebook might take what they learned and apply it to a new app sometime soon.

The company is also removing its Facebook Groups app, which will no longer be available after September 1. "We will continue to incorporate these learnings into features in the main Facebook app", the spokesperson said.

Additionally, for users who were active in many communities at once, the ability to navigate them all within a dedicated app offered a certain degree of convenience that the main app did not.

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