Lifestage, one of Facebook’s more recent attempts to get Snapchat-obsessed teens to use Facebook’s services instead, has now been closed down, as reported by Business Insider. If you’re not acquainted with Lifestage, I don’t completely blame you, given that the app’s major pitfall was that only users aged 21 or younger could sign on in the first place
Also, the video diary-ish application just never seemed to actually become popular in any sense of the word. Lifestage had huge privacy issues as well. There was no way to practically impose the 21 and under rule — anyone could enter in whatever birthday they wanted when signing up — and all Lifestage content was “always public and viewable by everyone, inside and outside your school.”
Lifestage was literally taken off from the App Store (an Android version was never even launched) on August 4th. More over, Lifestage was last updated in October 2016, so obviously, the writing has been on the wall for this experiment for a while.
All is not lost for Lifestage, though. In a statement to Business Insider, a Facebook spokesperson commented that the company has “learned a lot from Lifestage” and will “continue to incorporate these learnings into features in the main Facebook app.”