Facebook to discontinue Nearby Friends, Weather alerts, and other location-based features

Although location for these features won't be collected after May 31, Facebook will continue collecting users' location information for 'other experiences'.

Avatar of Abhinav Kumar

By Abhinav Kumar

Less than a minute read


Share article:

Follow us

Meta owned Facebook is notifying its users about the discontinuation of its location-based features such as Nearby Friends, Weather alerts, Location History or Background Location and Time alerts by May 31, 2022. 

Nearby Friends was launched in 2014 which allows users to detect their nearby friends and interact or plan meetups. Once enabled, users get notified when their friends are in the proximity range of their current location. 

The company suggested users to update their current Location History and Background Location settings on the platform until May 31, 2022, as after that date those settings will be disabled.

Although location for the aforementioned features won’t be collected after May 31, Facebook will continue collecting users’ location information for ‘other experiences’ which it didn’t specify. 

Existing location history shared by users can be viewed, downloaded and deleted till August 1, 2022. Post which, the Meta-owned platform will automatically delete these data from its servers. Earlier the company had announced its plans to shut down its podcast platform just less than a year after its launch. 

Share article:

Follow us

Posted in:

Avatar of Abhinav Kumar

Abhinav Kumar


527 articles published
Abhinav is an editor at OnlyTech. He is a tech enthusiast who loves to read and write about new things. He spends most of his time tinkering with smartphones or computers when not writing about tech.

Related articles

Visit our forums

Join the discussions with thousands of active members who share the same interests as you and learn something new…

Forum replies (446)Comments (0)

Loading new replies...

RE: Facebook bans 20,000 underage users a day

great work by fb:@:aggressive:

Reply 1 Like

FIR against Facebook for denigratory remarks on Hindu gods

Remember Nutan Thakur? The social activist, who lodged an FIR against Facebook group called "We hate Gandhi" and the profile was blocked. Now, again she has registered an FIR against the social networking site Facebook and its member for abusing Hindu religion and gods.

The FIR accused a Facebook profile of "instigating communal passions" and feared that it could lead to riots in India. The FIR was lodges under section 66 A of the Information Technology Act 2000.

View image at the forums

The title of the Facebook profile is very provocative. A picture of three Hindu gods was placed with the title of three id*ot in the place of the photograph. The comments on the profile were very offensive. People have posted anti Islam remarks on the profile along with the links of websites with abuses against Islam.

Nutan said, "Though in my complaint I have named several persons whose comments and names figure in Facebook, lot of them appear to be fake IDs." She also added that there is a `virtual riot' on the profile of Facebook members of two communities where people post the choicest of abuses against the two religions -- Hinduism and Islam.

Can Facebook be implementing stricter policies to monitor the profiles? Will Facebook be more careful on such sensitive issues? Are the accusations made on Facebook a publicity act? Social networks should used only for healthy networking then creating riots.


Reply Like

click to expand...

Leave a Comment