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Facebook buys app that lets teens send each other compliments

The Verge Monday, 16 October 2017
Facebook buys app that lets teens send each other complimentsFacebook has acquired tbh, an iOS app that’s popular among teens for delivering compliments. The company is allowing tbh to operate as it did before, which is similar to how other Facebook acquisitions, like WhatsApp and Instagram, are run.

Tbh lets you send prewritten compliments to friends, a method aimed at preventing people from writing nasty comments and cyberbullying. According to tbh, which stands for “to be honest,” over 5 million people have downloaded the app so far and sent over a billion messages since the app was launched in August.

Although the app is popular with teens, it can be accessed by anyone. The app presents prewritten compliments like “Could win an Olympic gold medal for their eyeliner game” with four of your...
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For weeks the anonymous polling app 'tbh' has been at the top of the App Store and Facebook took notice of the trend by purchasing the 3-month old app. For now, tbh will remain a standalone app but the founders are moving into Facebook's headquarters in Silicon Valley. Tbh is an acronym for "to be...

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