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Facebook to Scrap ‘Nearby Friends’ and Other Location-Based Features

Meta platform, Facebook has announced that it would be discontinuing Nearby Friends, among other features, by the end of the month.

The Meta messaging platform’s Nearby Friends feature allows users share their current location with other Facebook friends.

It was released in 2014 for Android and iOS users. The function of the tool initially caused privacy concerns among some users, but has stayed on the Facebook App until now.

Facebook did not say why these features including Location History, Background Location, and Weather Alert will be phased out.

Facebook, however, stated in a notification to its users that all connected information shared with these features will stop being collected after May 31, 2022, even if users have already enabled them. Also, all previously collected information will be erased from the server.

Facebook has also said that users can browse and download their location history until August 1, 2022, and any previously shared location history or background location will be removed after August 1.

 

 

 

 

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