100s of titles, one news app for just $10 a month.
Dive Deeper:
Facebook axes FIVE features including location tracking in major overhaul of services
Social media giant Facebook is axing five key features including background location, location history, weather alerts, podcasts and nearby friends…
Facebook overhaul sees five features axed including location tracking
Background location, location history, weather alerts, podcasts and nearby friends will all be unavailable after May 31
Facebook to axe a number of location-tracking features from app later this month
Millions of Facebook users have been notified of the changes coming into force from May 31.
Facebook to ditch Nearby Friends and Weather Alerts features this month
It has been confirmed that Facebook are set to ditch both of the popular features this month according to the…
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
Facebook users warned over new profile picture app with links to Russia
The new profile pic app is reported to be sending data back to Moscow, Russia, with hundreds of thousands of…
Facebook users warned over New Profile Pic app's links with Russia
A cyber security expert has urged people not to give the app access to your images and data
Get all your news in one place
Latest World news:
Tom and Molly Martens murder retrial delayed again, disappointment for Jason Corbett family
THE US retrial of father and daughter Tom and Molly Martens for the murder of Irish businessman Jason Corbett (39)…
Read news from The Economist, FT, Bloomberg and more, with one subscription
Learn More
FBI failing to address white supremacist violence, warns former special agent
Michael German, who infiltrated white supremacist groups in the 1990s, says the FBI continues to underplay the scope of the…
Russian Soldier in Ukraine War Crimes Trial Says He Did Not Want to Kill
A 21-year-old Russian soldier told a court on Friday he had not wanted to kill an unarmed civilian and that…
Ukraine’s Donbas ‘Destroyed’ as Russian Artillery and Aircraft Step up Strikes
Russian forces have bombarded areas of Ukraine's eastern Donbas from land and air, killing at least 13 civilians, Ukraine's military…
Cannes 2022: Deepika Padukone flaunts in chic red gown on Day 3
Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone choose to wear sizzling chic red gown on the third day of the Cannes Film Festival.…
From analysis to good news, read the world’s best news in one place
UN: 18 Million Facing Severe Hunger in West Africa's Sahel
The UN is warning that 18 million people in Africa’s Sahel region face severe hunger in the next three months,…
Twitter Deal: Proceeding of deal is not on hold, says Twitter to employees
Twitter executives told employees on Thursday that the $44 billion deal to sell the company to billionaire Elon Musk is…

Facebook will axe five features from app by end of month

By Liam Buckler & Morgan Johnson

Facebook has axed five features in an update. The social media giant has carried out a major overhaul of its services to get rid of anything which is performing poorly.

Meta, Facebook's parent company, confirmed the axe of several services which will no longer be able for users from May 31. The features soon to be disappearing will include background location, location history, weather alerts, podcasts and nearby friends - podcasts only launched on the app one year ago.

The cuts are being made due to "low usage" and notifications have been sent to users who have used the features previously. The company is thought to be developing other and more useful services.

READ MORE: Apple announces they're discontinuing popular item

Facebook spokesperson Emil Vazquez told The Verge : "While we’re deprecating some location-based features on Facebook due to low usage, people can still use Location Services to manage how their location information is collected and used.”

Below are the five services Facebook will be getting rid of according to the Mirror :

Podcasts

Just last April, Facebook confirmed it would be entering the ever-expanding and popular podcast market but, after a year, the company has decided to axe podcasts.

The company will stop users adding podcasts to the site after they sent a notification informing users of the planned changes.

Background location

After being criticised for its data privacy, Facebook will stop users letting the social networking giant accessing their location when they're not on the Facebook app. Users can now turn this off but this will no longer be a feature after May 31.

Location history

The social network giant has a digital map tied to the user's location history on their phone. This tracks their location history, with users able to access this information at any time.

Each time a user is logged into Facebook, and the location history is on, the company tracks your current location - but this feature will now disappear.

Weather alerts

Weather alerts, which inform users of the weather in their local area, will be no longer be available.

Facebook said it will stop recording location data in the background - which means the end of weather alerts on the site.

Nearby friends

The nearby friends feature will no longer be available after May 31 as Facebook axes the feature which allowed social media users and their friends to share their locations with each other.

When users turned on Nearby Friends, the feature turned on Location history, which allowed users and their friends to share locations with each other. And, when users turn on Nearby Friends, they are are also turning on Location history.

Location history must be turned on for some location features, such as Nearby Friends, to work on Facebook.

This automatically uses your location to create a map of places you have visited.

However, users have until August 1 to download and access their data - after this date the data collected will be deleted automatically.

Read next

BAFTA audience refuse to clap Gogglebox as they win award

Spain warning to British travellers as £85,000 fines being handed out by police

Martin Lewis tips helped Tesco shopper slash weekly food bill to just £13

TUI apologises after passengers arrive in Florida from Newcastle without their luggage

BBC Eurovision's Rylan Clark forced to issue 'bad language' apology on return to hosting duties

What is inkl?
The world’s most important news, from 100+ trusted global sources, in one place.
Morning Edition
Your daily
news overview

Morning Edition ensures you start your day well informed.

No paywalls, no clickbait, no ads
Enjoy beautiful reading

Content is only half the story. The world's best news experience is free from distraction: ad-free, clickbait-free, and beautifully designed.

Expert Curation
The news you need to know

Stories are ranked by proprietary algorithms based on importance and curated by real news journalists to ensure that you receive the most important stories as they break.

Dive Deeper:
Facebook axes FIVE features including location tracking in major overhaul of services
Social media giant Facebook is axing five key features including background location, location history, weather alerts, podcasts and nearby friends…
Facebook overhaul sees five features axed including location tracking
Background location, location history, weather alerts, podcasts and nearby friends will all be unavailable after May 31
Facebook to axe a number of location-tracking features from app later this month
Millions of Facebook users have been notified of the changes coming into force from May 31.
Facebook to ditch Nearby Friends and Weather Alerts features this month
It has been confirmed that Facebook are set to ditch both of the popular features this month according to the…
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
Facebook users warned over new profile picture app with links to Russia
The new profile pic app is reported to be sending data back to Moscow, Russia, with hundreds of thousands of…
Facebook users warned over New Profile Pic app's links with Russia
A cyber security expert has urged people not to give the app access to your images and data
Get all your news in one place