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Facebook quitely removes “stalking app”

Only two days after launch, Facebook stopped a feature that allowed users to search for other users in an area. The option was added in silence, but now it seems just as quietly to be deleted again.

Reports about the feature came from news channel CNN. Facebook does not comment on the decision because it was something that only a few software developers tested. Some of these functions can be retrieved from the site, while others will be deleted after a test phase, said a spokeswoman.

Facebook itself did not publicize the introduction of the Find Friends Nearby feature. The tech blog TechCrunch had earlier this week claimed to speak with someone who had invented the function for Facebook. He simply said it seemed useful to someone you just met.

The function attracted plenty of criticism after its introduction because the issues with privacy. On the blog ReadWriteWeb, the feature was immediately labeled as a stalking app.