Facebook is at it again; arm twisting users into using its latest app whether they like it or not. The social network is sending out notifications to users letting them know that should they not have installed Moments app by July 7th, 2016. Facebook will delete all your privately synced photos on the social network from your local phone camera.
The deletion will be permanent, so good luck trying to find your old photos that you’re comfortable you can retrieve at any time from Facebook; unless of course you bow to the pressure and install Moments before the July 7th deadline. The Moments app is Facebook’s latest creation geared at making the social network all the more convenient for users, and the company believes it is arm twisting you to do what’s right for you. This app was released back in June 2015.
However, the chronology of the story began way back in 2012. When the core Facebook app got an update that enabled it to upload automatically photos you take using your phone’s local camera. The App would then upload them securely to a private folder on Facebook; the photos were kept there until you decide to share them with your Facebook friends or public. The photos will stay there until such a time you choose to delete them.
That syncing tool baked into core Facebook app work in very much the same way Google’s Photos, Apple’s iCloud Photos and Yahoo’s Flickr works. However, Facebook removed this tool from its core app and instead turned it into another standalone app separate from the Facebook app, and now they want you to install it. This app is what they are calling Moments app.
Other than the fact Facebook seems to be arm twisting you into installing this app, Moments is actually a pretty nifty and needed app. It lets you backup your photos from your phone, and I am pretty certain we all have lost or damaged our smartphones maybe once or more times. Moments will ensure you don’t lose those cherished memories held in still images.
Another advantage with the Moments app is that when you’re Facebook friend shares a picture with you. You get a notification on your Notifications feed and the Messenger app. You can then decide to receive the message or otherwise.