Facebook shuts down its teen-focused social app Lifestage

By : |August 9, 2017 0

While Sarahah is taking the social networking world by storm, another teen-focused social app, Lifestage is dying a slow death in another corner. Facebook‘s experimental “teens-only” app Lifestage, meant to be a Snapchat competitor has been pulled from the App Store, Business Insider reports.

The news has now been confirmed by the social network itself. However, Lifestage isn’t the only Facebook app that’s being shut down– the company is also closing down its Groups app, first launched in 2014 to help users better discover, search and connect with their various Facebook Groups.

Lifestage, designed by then 19-year old product designer Michael Sayman had many issues besides its lack of popularity. While the app blocked people who list their age as over 21 in the app from joining a school or looking up other accounts, one could easily fake age during the app setup to get an access.

Facebook says that much of the feedback from Lifestage influenced the company’s other products, including Instagram and Facebook. According to Appbrain, it hadn’t been updated since November 2016, and had somewhere between 1,000-5,000 installs during its lifetime.

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