Facebook to Discontinue Moments PhotoSharing App

first_img ‘Storm Loch Ness’ Joke Facebook Event Aims to Spot Folklore ‘Monster’Nearly 300K Alien Fans Sign Up to ‘Raid Area 51’ for Joke Facebook Event Stay on target Facebook will shutter the Moments app next month.The what app?That was my initial reaction, too (despite having previously written about the service at least twice for Geek.com sister site PCMag).Introduced in the summer of 2015, Moments groups images on your phone based on when they were taken and who is in them. Users can then tell the app to sync those pictures with specific friends, and hope they do the same.The concept—similar to Google Photos—was for folks to quickly, easily, and securely share their snaps after a wedding, party, vacation, or other group event.Operating separately from Facebook, the platform does not involve the usually tedious process of tagging; in-app algorithms do all the work for you, and promise secure sharing among users.But Moments never quite caught on.“We’re ending support for the … app, which we originally launched as a place for people to save their photos,” Rushabh Doshi, director of product management for Moments, said in a statement published by CNET.“We know the photos people share are important to them,” he continued, “so we will continue offering ways to save memories within the Facebook app.”The program is scheduled for execution on Feb. 25, at which point any saved images will be expunged and lost forever.Users have one month to export pictures via a Facebook-generated website; you can move them to private albums on your social media profile or download them to a laptop, smartphone, or tablet.According to CNET, Facebook is informing users of the shutdown through email and Moments app alerts; next week, anyone who’s used the platform within the last year will also get a notification on the main Facebook site.The social network did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment, and declined to share user numbers with CNET.Mobile analytics firm Sensor Tower, however, claims Moments has been installed by 87 million iOS and Android users since its launch. At its peak in June 2016, the app was downloaded 10.7 million times. That number dropped to about 150,000 downloads last month.More on Geek.com:Facebook’s New Page Initiatives Aim to Crack Down on Fake NewsThis Startup Claims It Will ‘Brainwash’ Facebook Users for $29Facebook Testing Feature to Create, Support Petitionslast_img

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