Facebook phase-out Nearby Friends, Weather alerts, Location History feature

Meta’s Facebook has announced the end of once-popular features, Nearby Friends, Weather alerts, Location History Background Location. The feature will be discontinued from the end of this month 31 May 2022. 

“While we’re deprecating some location-based features on Facebook due to low usage, people can still use Location Services to manage how their location information is collected and used,” a Facebook spokesperson said.

The platform has decided to shut down the feature because it has lost its popularity. Facebook users no longer use the feature due to security reasons. 

In an email to users, Facebook said, “Because you’ve previously used Nearby Friends, Weather alerts, Location History or Background Location, we’re letting you know that these products and features will no longer be available after May 31, 2022. Information you shared that was used for these experiences, including Location History and Background Location, will stop being collected after May 31, 2022, even if you have previously enabled them. Facebook will otherwise continue collecting location information for other experiences as described in our Data Policy.” 

Facebook has asked users to update their settings. “You can update your current Location History and Background Location settings in the Facebook App until May 31, 2022. After this date, the settings will be disabled,” says Facebook. 

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