Facebook’s Photo-Harvesting Moments App Is Shutting Down Next Month
Vincent|Jan. 28, 2019
Facebook Moments was launched back in 2015 as a new way to manage pictures of you and your friends by uploading them all to the app, where the company’s facial recognition software could easily identify and let you share them with friends. Unfortunately, development of the app seems to have stopped there, and today, Facebook announced that it’ll be pulling the plug on Moments on February 25th, via CNET.
Moments was an interesting attempt for Facebook to hook more users, but the app didn’t actually link those photos up to Facebook proper, leaving it in a sort of no man’s land. Facebook employed user data for things like figuring out who your friends are or when their birthdays are, but Moments photos themselves were stuck in a weird bubble — ultimately, it ended up being easier to just share photos to Facebook or use another service like Google Photos that was actively being developed.
Facebook has created a tool to help users rescue their photos from Moments, either by creating a private album of the pictures on their main Facebook account or downloading them back to a device (ironically, the reverse of what Moments was originally supposed to do). Users will have until May to download or transfer their pictures before they’re gone for good.