Thursday 20 July 2017

Facebook shutters Creative Labs division

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Emma Clark

Facebook has announced that it is closing its Creative Labs division and removing apps like Slingshot, Rooms, and Riff from the app stores.

Facebook has shut down its Creative Labs division, a startup within the company that built a series of experimental social apps designed to test new interfaces and interaction patterns.

With that, Creative Labs’ apps are also being discontinued. That means that social apps like Slingshot, Rooms, and Riff have been removed from app stores and are no longer supported.

These apps now live on through Facebook. “Since their launches, we've incorporated elements of Slingshot, Riff and Rooms into the Facebook for iOS and Android apps," a Facebook spokeswoman told The Verge.

The good news is that no one was laid off as part of the Creative Labs shutdown. And Facebook says that it will continue to allow small teams to work on standalone apps. It continues to support things like Hyperlapse and Layout for Instagram, for example.

If you previously downloaded Slingshot or Riff, they will continue to work away as normal.

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