Facebook buys TBH, an app for giving anonymous compliments
18 October, 2017, 00:53 | Author: Yolanda Murray
The tbh team says, "When we met with Facebook, we realized that we shared numerous same core values about connecting people through positive interactions".
Tbh, which takes its name from the texting abbreviation for "to be honest", is not the first anonymous app popular with teens, but unlike Yik Yak or Whisper, tbh uses anonymity to let teens be nice to one another.
Certain prewritten compliments like "Could win an Olympic gold medal for their eyeliner game" are present in the app as possible answers.
People can answer multiple-choice questions about friends and then receive the poll results as compliments. We could even see parts of tbh's feature implemented in the main Facebook app sometime in the future.
The amount of the deal hasn't been disclosed, but according to TechCrunch, it's "less than $100 million and won't require any regulatory approval". Once confirmed, you will be able to share the poll between your friends and other users of this app.
Although users can submit their own poll questions, TBH says it reviews those entries and accepts only submissions that are uplifting, not offensive, appropriate for people ages 13 and older, and that are amusing or interesting. To prevent bullying, issues resolved with a positive bias, for example: "Who better to call for a party" or "someone in the class the best smile?" If we talk about the last month, the app hit the top charts on Apple's App Store for most number of downloads.
Facebook spokeswoman Vanessa Chan has said in a statement, "tbh and Facebook share a common goal - of building community and enabling people to share in ways that bring us closer together".
The tbh team wrote in an announcement post that "When we met with Facebook, we realised that we shared numerous same core values about connecting people through positive interactions". The app is designed for the teenagers of 13 and above.
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