Three popular Facebook features are BLOCKED this year in shocking about-faces

FACEBOOK has decided to drop several important features this year.

The tech giant is constantly adding new tricks – but not all of them stick around forever.

Facebook's Novi digital wallet is one of the features being killed this year

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Facebook’s Novi digital wallet is one of the features being killed this yearCredit: Facebook

Here are some of the features that are saying goodbye.

friends nearby

Back in May, Facebook shut down some of its features that rely on location tracking.

It’s an attempt to collect less data from users in the app.

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One of those features was Nearby Friends, which first launched in 2014.

It would allow you to find nearby friends by sharing your location.

But it was closed at the end of May 2022.

Weather Warnings

Like Nearby Friends, the weather alert feature was also phased out in May.

It was discontinued for the same reason: a pullback from features that use your location.

After all, there are many ways to find out about the weather.

So it’s likely that Facebook decided it wasn’t worth collecting location data for the feature.

The feature was retired on May 31, 2022.

Novi wallet

In July, Facebook announced it would shut down Novi.

This is Facebook’s digital wallet, originally planned as a cryptocurrency app.

After much pressure, it was downgraded to a basic money transfer service.

But after just 10 months, Novi was singled out.

It’s now set for full closure on September 1st, so make sure you withdraw your funds before then.

“It is important that you withdraw the remaining balance on your Novi account before this date,” Facebook said.

“You can choose whether you want to transfer your Novi balance to your bank account or, if necessary, withdraw it in cash.”

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