Facebook said on Thursday it will end Moments, its standalone app for privately sharing photos with friends. It will be discontinued on Feb. 25.
The service alowed to privately share pictures that are stored on the phone with Facebook friends without actually uploading them to the social network itself. Moments used facial recognition and location to figure out which photos were part of the same events, then grouped them into albums. "We're ending support for the Moments app, which we originally launched as a place for people to save their photos," Rushabh Doshi, director of product management for Moments, said in a statement. Starting now, people will be able to go to a special website (at https://www.facebook.com/moments_app/export) to manage their photos and export them to the owned computer. This could be do a long time after Moments will stop working, until May.
People can also upload their Moments photos to an album on Facebook's main app. By default, the photos in those albums will be set so only you can see them. Facebook Moments was launched back in 2015. According to Facebook, the reason for the shutdown is simply that not enough people were using it, despite 50 million downloads from the App store.