Facebook Pulls Newsreading App Paper from iOS App Store; Services Shut Down July 29

Video thumbnail for youtube video Facebook’s news reading app Paper goes live on the App Store

Way back at the start of 2014, Facebook officially announced an app that changed the way Facebook users saw their News Feed, and also news sources across topics.

It’s called Paper — or at least it was. According to The Verge, Facebook has officially pulled the news reading Paper app from the iOS App Store. With Paper, users were able to see their News Feed in a boldly unique way, especially compared to the stock Facebook iOS app, and it also allowed users to read news from a variety of sources, like a detailed newspaper, with dedicated sections for science, technology, entertainment, and more.

However, according to Facebook, Paper simply didn’t find its footing with the users out there in the real world, and so the social network has pulled the app and will be shutting down its services on July 29. From the initial report:

“Facebook is shutting down Paper, a bold reimagining of the company’s flagship appfor iOS that impressed critics but failed to attract a large audience, the company said today. The app transformed the core Facebook experience into a kind of newsreader, with customizable sections for politics, technology, food, and other subjects. Visitors to the app received a message saying the app would no longer function after July 29th.”

Paper didn’t see an official release to international markets, which probably has a lot to do with why it didn’t pick up steam. It didn’t even make it to the iPad — or Google’s mobile operating system, Android. Still, Facebook has decided to give it the axe anyway, and focus will continue to be on the standard Facebook app.

Did you ever try the Paper app?

[via The Verge]