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Facebook kills “Lifestage app”, dedicated to high school teens

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San Francisco: According to the media reports, Facebook has shut down its standalone social networking app Lifestage that was released particularly for the high schoolers a year ago.

Lifestage was intended to help teens find and connect with other classmates who went to their school. But, not many people know about this app as only users aged 21 or younger could sign up for it, as per a report by the Business Insider on Tuesday.

Lifestage could not grab a lot of attention and did not seem to become popular in any sense and had huge privacy issues, additionally. “There was no way to actually enforce the “21-year or below this age” rule and all Lifestage content was always public and viewable by everyone, inside and outside the school,” the report noted.

Users were supposed to use the app to share selfies and videos that all of their classmates could watch instead of sending direct private messages.

The Snapchat-like app was removed from the App Store on August 4 and it had not been updated for months. It never figured on the App Store’s top charts during its short lifespan.

“We originally launched Lifestage to make it easier for teens in the US to connect with others at their school by creating a video profile with content for all of the things that make up their identity,” the report quoted a Facebook spokesperson as saying.

The app was created by 20-year-old Facebook employee Michael Sayman to help teens find and connect with other classmates.

– With agency’s inputs