Facebook's -style 'Lifestage' app is killed off

Facebook has removed its -style app Lifestage from the App Store less than a year after it was launched.

Targeted at video-loving under-21s, it enabled teens to watch clips about the lives of their classmates.

However, the platform failed to catch on and was widely criticised for its lack of security as it had no way of ensuring users where the age they said they were.

Lifestage was seen by some as an effort by Facebook to stay connected to young internet users disinclined to take part in the leading social network. 

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Targeted at video-loving under-21s, it enabled teens to watch clips about the lives of their classmates

The platform failed to catch on and was widely criticised for its lack of security as it had no way of ensuring users where the age they said they were

Targeted at video-loving under-21s, it enabled teens to watch clips about the lives of their classmates. The platform failed to catch on and was widely criticised for its lack of security as it had no way of ensuring users where the age they said they were

WHAT WAS LIFESTAGE?

Lifestage was launched on the iOS App Store in late August 2016 and expanded to Android in October 2016. 

Targeted at video-loving adolescents, it enabled teens to watch clips about the lives of their classmates.

The social network allowed users to make video clips to describe likes, peeves, dance styles, and other aspects of their character.

Those clips were woven together to serve as public profiles that can be viewed by other Lifestage members, provided they were young enough.

Users could unlock their school or college once 20 students are signed up. 

They could find and connect with others at their school or other schools based on similar interests. 

Lifestage was seen by some as an effort by Facebook to stay connected to young internet users disinclined to take part in the leading social network. 

The app, which worked in a similar way to , was built by Michael Sayman - a 20-year-old employee at Facebook.

'We originally launched Lifestage to make it easier for teens in the US to connect with others at their school by creating a video profile with content for all of things that make up their identity,' a company spokesperson told Business Insider.

'Teens continue to make up an important part of the global community on Facebook, and we've learned a lot from Lifestage. 

'We will continue to incorporate these learnings into features in the main Facebook app.' 

Lifestage was launched on the iOS App Store in late August 2016 and expanded to

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