Facebook shuts down Hello, Moves and tbh apps

Facebook to shutter three of its mobile applications, including ‘Moves’ fitness tracking

Facebook to shutter three of its mobile applications, including ‘Moves’ fitness tracking

Moves was a popular fitness tracking app that showed users their daily calorie burn based on the types of movements they performed.

Why it matters: Facebook is no stranger to experimentation and in the grand scheme of things, shutting down these apps probably won't cause much of a ripple.

Net up is tbh (to be honest), an anonymous social media app for teens which Facebook acquired only a year ago. While Google seems to hold onto apps long after they've failed to take off (witness the ridiculous number of chatting apps the company is still keeping alive, despite their obvious overlap), Facebook takes a more decisive brutal approach.

Facebook also reassures users that user data from all the apps will also be deleted within 90 days. Like Moves, Android dialers are hardly difficult to come by, and the Facebook-branded version struggled to offer much more than what was readily available elsewhere. The Moves app and Moves API will be deprecated on July 31, so if you use the app or rely on the API for one of your apps, it's time to look for alternatives.

Now, a little over eight months later, Facebook is closing the app permanently due to "low usage".

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One, an anonymous social media app aimed at teenagers called tbh, is less than one year old. Facebook will be "deprecating" Hello in a few weeks, we're told.

Moves was originally launched in 2013, and Facebook acquired the app for an undisclosed sum in 2014.

"We regularly review our apps to assess which ones people value most", the company wrote in its announcement.

"We know some people are still using these apps and will be disappointed", the company said in a blog post late Monday.

Tbh is an acronym for "to be honest", and the game-like app allowed U.S. teenagers to send compliments to their friends through a series of quizzes and polls. "And it's only by trial and error that we'll create great social experiences for people", it said.

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