According to Facebook’s statement, the company decided to remove some location tracking tools simply because very few people were using them. Facebook also noted that the Location Services are still available and people can use them to manage their location data.
Meta, however, is not known for giving up user data so easily, so social media experts have listed a few additional reasons for the Nearby Friends and other tools’ removal:
- Facebook wants to reduce the number of tracking notifications, which are shown to iOS users. The company is probably doing it so the users won’t turn off data tracking entirely.
- Meta wants to comply with the tightening data privacy regulations in EU. As we reported earlier, the Digital Markets Act, which will curb the power of large companies, comes into effect next spring.
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