Trending News: Facebook Will Delete Thousands Of Your Photos Unless You Do This
Why Is This Important?
Because Facebook is making it very clear that you have no choice but to download its new apps.
Long Story Short
Facebook is sending users who have synced photos to Facebook that all their photos will be deleted unless the user downloads its new Moments photo app.
A few years ago, Facebook realized that it couldn't possibly make its main smartphone app zippy enough and with all the features it wanted, so it stated rolling out other apps in a bid to take over your entire phone's home screen.
A few of these apps are Facebook's news app Paper, Facebook Messenger, which this week started warning users on its mobile website to switch to or else they'd be cut off, and Moments, a new photo-syncing app (Facebook-owned Instagram and Whatsapp also apply to the screen takeover, but aren't technically side apps).
In late 2015, Facebook replaced the photo syncing feature it had on its main app since 2012 and moved the feature to Moments, but now some users have received emails saying that Facebook will delete their synced photos unless they download Moments by a deadline of July 7th.
Keen in mind, this only affects people who've synced their photos, not any that you've uploaded.
TechCrunch found this Tweet from a user who received one of these threatening emails from Facebook.
Subsequently, Facebook's app Moments has shot up in the top charts — a place where Facebook already dominates with 62% of all apps downloaded last month were owned by Facebook.
This seems like a pretty dick move on Facebook's part. With Messenger, threatening to cut off service was pretty jerky, but not so bad because its not like it'd delete users' chat history if they don't download Messenger — they'll just have to download it eventually. Here, though, Facebook is threatening to delete people's memories, which could number in the thousands, especially if you're a 19-year-old teen like the user who tweeted out the email.
Facebook clearly has the capacity to continue storing those photos, it just wants people to download more of its apps and take full control of our entire online and smartphone lives.
People are likely going to listen, as they already have with the spike in downloads for Moments, it just probably could have been done in a more pleasant fashion. But Facebook pretty much owns us so we just have to obey and shush up about it.
Own The Conversation
Ask The Big Question
Should Facebook be responsible for holding these photos on its servers when many users probably forgot they uploaded the photos in the first place?
Disrupt Your Feed
Facebook wants people to keep up with the technology and doesn't want to support lazy people who haven't download the better apps, so what?
Drop This Fact
Facebook's forceful push worked. This week, Moments has spike from being ranked in the 90s on the App Store to the number one app.
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