Facebook is asking users to update their notifications stream, as the parent company Meta is altering the Location Services setting in the app. The change includes removing some of the local-based functions in the app, including Nearby Friends, Weather Alerts, and Location History.
According to Meta, the services will be taken down on May 31st and Facebook will stop gathering users’ information through them. Additionally, any previous information collected through these settings on accounts that they were enabled on, will also be deleted on the 1st of August.
About this decision, Facebook explained that it is doing so because of the reduced usage of these services. While the company hasn’t stated so itself, another reason behind this move could also be related to reducing the amount of notifications.
There is also a possibility that Meta is under pressure from data privacy regulations in Europe that found that Facebook has been using users’ data to match up location info via device accelerometer data that it had started to use as an alternative tool of location tracking. As a result, users have been manipulated into having their data collected regardless of declining app tracking.
Since Meta takes the data tracking business seriously, it could be expected that instead of the company entirely giving up on its tracking services, it would soon come up with new regulations.