Facebook kills off its teen-focused Snapchat clone Lifestage, and Groups

Facebook shuts down Lifestage, its teen-focused Snapchat clone

Facebook has killed the Snapchat-like app for high schoolers it quietly released last year

This led to some privacy concerns at the time for a lot of users as well as Facebook.

The difference with Lifestage, is rather than users having profile photos, the app invited users to record a series of videos and selfies depicting everything from likes, dislikes, friends, pets, dance moves and more.

While the app had never garnered much of a following, it wasn't until Business Insider reported its closure that others caught on.

"Teens continue to make up an important part of the global community on Facebook, and we've learned a lot from Lifestage". There was no way to actually enforce the 21 and under rule - anyone could enter in whatever birthday they wanted when signing up - and all Lifestage content was "always public and viewable by everyone, inside and outside your school". It's no wonder why many aren't familiar with Lifestage, seeing as how it failed to reach the App Store's top charts. Its last update was released in October 2016, so that should have given everyone a clue as to where Facebook's priorities are.

Created by 20-year-old Facebook employee Michael Sayman, Lifestage was meant to help teens find and connect with other classmates who went to their school.

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Despite the shutdown, Facebook said Lifestage wasn't entirely a failed experiment. The app paved the way for the Snapchat-like features we now see in the main Facebook app and Instagram.

It's not only Lifestage that received the axe.

While the dedicated Facebook Groups mobile app will be discontinued, Facebook says its features will now be available in the company's main app. Starting Sept. 1, no one will be able to log in to the Facebook Groups app. That's OK because chances are you weren't allowed to use it.

Did you like Lifestage?

Lifestage was developed by a product manager who was a teenager himself when it became available on the iOS App Store in late August 2016. Feel free to sound off in the comments section below!

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