Sunday 19 November 2017

Facebook shuts Lite site

Facebook has shut Facebook Lite, the stripped-back version of the social-networking site. Photo: Bloomberg News
Facebook has shut Facebook Lite, the stripped-back version of the social-networking site. Photo: Bloomberg News

Claudine Beaumont

Facebook has closed down Facebook Lite, the site designed to make it easier for people with poor internet access to use the social networking site

Facebook Lite, which launched seven months ago, was a pared-back version of the full Facebook site, and was aimed at those with slow internet connections who found the full-sized Facebook page took too long to load.

The Lite site allowed users to write on Walls, upload and share photos and videos, browse friends' profiles and view forthcoming events.

The site could not be used to play popular games, such as Farmville or run applications.

Facebook has not given a reason for the closure of Lite.

"Thanks to everyone who tried out Facebook Lite," said the social-networking site in a statement. "If you used Lite, you'll now be taken to the main Facebook.com page."

Some users expressed their disappointment at the closure of the service. "I have been quite disappointed with recent updates to the site, including this one," wrote Will Rivlin on the Facebook Developer Wall.

"I used Facebook Lite all the time because I have really slow internet."

Analysts say Facebook may have closed the site because it was diluting the user experience.

"I think a lot of the Facebook experience was left out of Lite, especially the monetisable parts," said Ray Valdes, an analyst at Gartner.

Facebook is holding F8, its annual developer conference, in San Francisco this week.

Telegraph.co.uk

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