Just less than four years after launching, Facebook is shutting down Moments. The social media company will discontinue the app next month due to lack of users.
Facebook has sent an email to notify those who use the app. An alert was also sent via the Moments app itself.
Facebook Ends Support For Moments
CNET first reported about Facebook Moments' impending shutdown on Thursday. According to the report, the social media company will end support for the Moments app on Feb. 25, mainly because there are very few people who use it.
Moments didn't receive any updates for some time now, perhaps for the same reason. Data revealed by Sensor Tower show that the app's last update was nine months ago, and there were only 80,000 total downloads of the app until last month.
"We're ending support for the Moments app, which we originally launched as a place for people to save their photos. We know the photos people share are important to them so we will continue offering ways to save memories within the Facebook app," director of product management for Moments Rushabh Doshi said in a statement to CNET.
For those who use the app, Facebook has put up a special website containing a user's photos shared via Moments. Starting Thursday, people can review all their photos and export them in their devices before the app eventually stops working. Users have until May this year to save all their photos uploaded in the Moments app.
The Moments app was launched in 2015. It is supposed to be Facebook's answer to Google Photos. Basically, it lets users share and swap photos privately to a certain group of people — say, a circle of friends or relatives — directly from their device. Moments makes it all possible without uploading the photos to the Facebook app itself.
The app also uses facial recognition software for easier photo tagging.