Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Facebook shutting down 3 apps due to low usage

Facebook shutting down 3 apps due to low usage

Within 90 days, the company plans to delete all user data from all three apps.

Facebook acquired tbh - which stands for the popular texting acronym "to be honest" - for an undisclosed sum last October.

In a blog post this afternoon, Facebook announced that it is shutting down three of its ancillary applications: Hello, Moves, and Tbh.

Tbh is an acronym for "to be honest", and the game-like app allowed United States teenagers to send compliments to their friends through a series of quizzes and polls. 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. But we need to prioritise our work so we don't spread ourselves too thin.

Following the deal, tbh's four co-creators Nikita Bier, Erik Hazzard, Kyle Zaragoza, and Nicolas Ducdodon joined Facebook's Menlo Park headquarters. Over 5 million people downloaded the app in a matter of weeks.

Like any other huge corporation, Facebook occasionally acquires other, smaller companies in the hopes of getting something out of them. Only bought by Facebook eight months ago, the company was set up to create a positive app for teens immune from the cyberbullying of Yik Yak or Secret. This comes in the form of Hello, Moves, and tbh, which for those unfamiliar is an anonymous social media app designed for high school students in the US. Sometimes this means closing an app and its accompanying APIs. Moves was a fitness app that recorded daily activity such as walking, cycling, and running. We're deprecating the Moves app and Moves API on July 31. Hello was an app specifically for people in Brazil, the U.S., and Nigeria where Android users can combine their contacts' Facebook information with the contact details that are in your phone. It allowed users to combine contact details on their phone with information from Facebook. The app will be shuttered at the end of July.

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