Facebook shuts down Notify notification-based news app

In a recent statement sent out by social network Facebook to users, the company is shutting down its real-time, notification-based news app Notify. The app was launched by Facebook in November 2015.

The Notify app was designed to send news notifications to the users’ lock screen from a list of more than 70 news publications, including Bloomberg Business, CNN and The New York Times, among several others.

The news notifications which users of the Notify app received from the content partners comprised short summaries which, when clicked through by the users, unfolded full news articles. The app allowed users to follow specific sections – like the sports section – of a partnering publication rather than the whole thing.

Revealing that the Notify app is being shuttered within barely seven months of its launch, Facebook said in a statement to its users the features of the Notify app are being integrated into other Facebook products.

Asserting that the Notify app “will no longer be supported,” Facebook said in the statement to users: “Starting on Wednesday, we will begin integrating Notify functionality into other Facebook products, like Messenger, and will be removing Notify from the App Store.”

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