Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Facebook shuts down three mobile apps, including fitness tracker Moves

Facebook shuts down three mobile apps, including fitness tracker Moves

The three apps being wound down include Hello, which Facebook launched in 2015 for Android users in the U.S., Brazil and Nigeria and which will be closed in a few weeks.

Hello - Caller ID & Blocking was an app for Android users in Brazil, the United States and Nigeria. User data associated with the apps will be deleted within 90 days, the social network said in announcing the closures.

Moves, which Facebook bought in 2014, was an activity app for "fitness tracking without gadgets", instead monitoring walking, cycling and running using sensors and Global Positioning System data from your phone. Today Facebook has announced that three apps are being killed off: Hello, Moves and tbh.

You'll no longer be able to log into Moves after July 30, but you can export your data to avoid losing your logs. It enables people to combine information from Facebook with contact information on their phone.

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"Tbh and Facebook share a common goal of building community and enabling people to share in ways that bring us closer together", a Facebook spokesperson said at the time of the acquisition.

"We regularly review our apps to assess which ones people value most".

Tbh is an acronym for "to be honest", and the game-like app allowed USA teenagers to send compliments to their friends through a series of quizzes and polls. Moves was a popular fitness tracking app that showed users their daily calorie burn based on the types of movements they performed. 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. But we need to prioritise our work so we don't spread ourselves too thin.

Like any other huge corporation, Facebook occasionally acquires other, smaller companies in the hopes of getting something out of them. It's only by trial and error, Facebook says, that they'll create great social experiences for people.

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