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Facebook will remove a number of location tracking features from the app later this month

Facebook users have been informed that a number of location tracking services will be removed from the service at the end of this month.

The social media giant told users Nearby Friends and Weather Alerts will be shut down from May 31.

The first of the services tracks users’ location to provide them with local weather forecasts, while the second notifies them when their friends are nearby.

Information collected through Location History and background location for both of these services will be deleted in August, according to a notification sent to users who have recently used the services.

Users will be able to download their location history data collected by Facebook until August 1. This information will then be deleted.

The company said: “Nearby Friends and Weather Alerts will no longer be available after May 31, 2022.

“The information you shared that was used for these experiences, including location history and background location, will stop being collected after May 31, 2022, even if you have already opted in .

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“You can access and download your location history until August 1, 2022 in Access your information.

“After August 1, 2022, any location history or background location information you previously shared will be deleted.

“Facebook will otherwise continue to collect location information for other experiences as described in our data policy.”

The Facebook app will continue to track information based on users’ location for a range of other services.

“We use location-related information – such as your current location, where you live, places you like to go, and nearby businesses and people – to provide, personalize and improve our products, including advertisements, for you and for others,” the company says.

“Location information may be based on things such as the precise location of the device (if you have given us permission to collect it), IP addresses, and information from your and others’ usage. Meta products (such as recordings or events you attend).”

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