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Facebook Shuts Down Three of its Apps

Facebook claimed that the user data from all the three apps would be deleted within 90 days

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Facebook plans sprawling office near Microsoft headquarters. IANS

Facebook has announced it is shutting down its fitness app “Moves”, Android app “Hello” and anonymous social media app “tbh”.

Facebook is deprecating these apps due to low usage, the company wrote in a blog post late on Monday.

Launched in 2014, the fitness app “Moves” was curated to record the daily physical activities of users, including walking, cycling and running. The app would be put to halt on July 31.

The social-networking giant launched “Hello” in 2015 for Android users in Brazil, the US and Nigeria, enabling them to combine information from Facebook with contact information on their phone. “Hello” would shut down in “in a few weeks.”

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Facebook’s product manager Nikita Bier co-founded “tbh”, an abbreviated millennial slang expanding into “to be honest” as an anonymous social media app for high school students in the US.

The app was later acquired by Facebook in 2017 and is expected to be put to rest in the coming weeks.

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“We know some people are still using these apps and will be disappointed – and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for their support,” the post added.

Facebook claimed that the user data from all the three apps would be deleted within 90 days. (IANS)

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Local News Dry up for Facebook Media Project in US

In January this year, the Facebook Journalism Project announced to invest $300 million in local newsrooms

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A photo shows the Facebook app icon on an iPhone in New York, Feb. 19, 2014. VOA

Facebook is having trouble finding enough local news to feed its new journalism initiative, because hundreds of newspapers have shut down in the US.

“About one in three users in the US live in places where we cannot find enough local news on Facebook to launch ‘Today In’,” Facebook wrote in a blog post on Monday.

In those “news deserts” – communities with little or no local reporting – Facebook hasn’t been able to find “five or more recent news articles directly related to these towns” for its news feature “Today In” that was launched in November last year.

“In the last 28 days, there has not been a single day where we’ve been able to find five or more recent news articles directly related to these towns.

“This does not vary much by region: 35 per cent of users in the Midwest, Northeast, and South — and 26 per cent in the West a” live in places where we can’t find much local newson Facebook,” said the social networking company.

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This photo shows a Facebook app icon on a smartphone in New York. VOA

“Today In” has been rolled out to over 400 cities in the US.

“We’re also announcing a new pilot programme, the Facebook Journalism Project Community Network, to support projects aimed at building community through local news,” said Facebook.

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According to Engadget, nearly 1,800 papers have shut down in the US since around the time Facebook came online 15 years ago.

In January this year, the Facebook Journalism Project announced to invest $300 million in local newsrooms. (IANS)