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.