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Facebook Pulls Poke and Camera Apps from App Store

Facebook Poke App

To Facebook, Poke was always “more of a joke” than anything else — so why did the company leave it in the App Store for more than a year after its troubled debut? We may never know, but Facebook finally put an end to Poke. If you check the App Store for Facebook’s famed Snapchat clone, you won’t find it. Facebook also took the opportunity, seemingly, to remove Camera, its photo uploading app. A Facebook spokesperson confirmed the removals to The Verge, but provided no further comment. It’s no mystery why Facebook pulled Poke without so much as a goodbye blog post. The app likely served as a constant reminder that it takes more than a few talented engineers to beat Snapchat, one of Facebook’s increasingly important rivals. Poke was in fact far more functional than the often-glitchy Snapchat when it launched in December 2012, and included more features.

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