Published: Wed, October 18, 2017
Tech | By Constance Martin

Facebook acquires teen-favourite polling app tbh

Facebook acquires teen-favourite polling app tbh

Facebook has acquired tbh, an anonymous polling app that's beloved by teens.

The app can only include names of those who are actually using the app.

Despite being active in only a handful of USA states, app analyst firm Sensor Tower estimated in September that tbh had been installed more than 700,000 times. Facebook made an official announcement of acquiring tbh app and will now allow it to operate somewhat independently with its brand.

A spokeswoman for Facebook said that the social network is not disclosing the terms of the deal, but TBH's millennial co-creators - Nikita Bier, Erik Hazzard, Kyle Zaragoza and Nicolas Ducdodon - will become Facebook employees, based at the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., and will continue to work on TBH.

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It's not yet clear how the addition of tbh's team will impact Facebook's services and overall mission. The social networking giant, on the other hand, stated that both tbh and Facebook are guided by a common goal of building a community and empowering people to share in ways that bring them closer together. Out of the 5 million downloads, 2.5 million users are active and are enjoying the creativity of the inventor which is now taken over by Facebook. The app lets you create surveys which you can send out to your friends anonymously without your original identity. "When we met with Facebook, we realized that we shared numerous same core values about connecting people through positive interactions".

Tbh said that the app's success was a sign of teenagers craving more positive interactions online. A tbh is used nearly like a form of Instagram currency, since you can trade a TBH for a like on one of your photos. "The next day it was in three more schools, and then the next day it was in 300 schools". The only difference is that they have access to more resources because of Facebook.

Facebook reportedly tried to buy Snapchat in 2013 for $3bn.

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