Facebook shuts down standalone app for teenagers, Lifestage

Michael Sayman

Only users aged over 21 were allowed to join the app, although that rule was easily bypassed, causing some privacy concerns. The app was meant to serve as an alternative to Snapchat, but exclusively for teenagers, allowing them to take selfes and videos and share them with their classmates.

The app was withdrawn from the App Store on August 4, Business Insider said, having never made it into any of its top app charts, and having not been updated for several months. Content shared on Lifestage was always public, meaning anyone can view it.

According to a report in the Business Insider on Tuesday, Lifestage was meant to help teens find and connect with other classmates who went to their school. I helped them find their other classmates, who went to school with them. Eventually, Facebook just realized that it would be better to introduce the Snapchat story into all their regular apps to encourage their already unbeatable user base to switch loyalties. A Facebook spokesperson has said that the company has learned a lot from Lifestage and will continue to incorporate great features from the App into the main Facebook App.

The move makes sense.

The company did get some helpful feedback from launching the app, the spokesperson said, that is being used to improve visual and camera features on Facebook.

It's not only Lifestage that received the axe. The app paved the way for the Snapchat-like features we now see in the main Facebook app and Instagram. Starting Sept. 1, no one will be able to log in to the Facebook Groups app. And while it might not be as popular as some at Facebook would want it to be on all platforms, it's certainly a cheaper and more sensible alternative to running an entirely separate app for it. What can you say about its shutdown? Feel free to sound off in the comments section below!

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