Facebook has started warning users that it’s about to sunset various location-based features at the end of the month. The list of discontinued features includes Nearby Friends, Weather alerts, Location History, and, Background Location, which will all be killed off 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,” the company said in an email to Facebook users that have been using these features. Facebook will also allow users to download their location history until August 1, and this information will be automatically deleted after that date.
For those unfamiliar, Nearby Friends was an optional mobile feature that launched back in 2014, and it allows Facebook users to be notified when some of their friends are nearby. The feature also lets users see when their friends who have enabled this feature are traveling, with information about their location being visible right on their profile.
It’s not clear why Facebook is now discontinuing Nearby Friends and other location-based features, but the company made several changes in recent years to appear as a privacy-conscious platform. However, Facebook will still continue to collect location information from its users that comes from other experiences described in the company’s Data Policy. These pieces of information include where you live, the places you like to go, and the businesses and people you’re near to allow the company to improve your experience and offer you personalized ads.
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