Facebook acquires teen-favourite polling app tbh

The tbh app is available only in 13 USA states at the moment, including Alaska and Hawaii.

In just nine weeks, tbh had already reached 5 million downloads and achieved a daily active user base of 2.5 million, even though it's only been launched in select USA states in August.

Tbh said that the app's success was a sign of teenagers craving more positive interactions online. This suggests that tbh's widely recognized name and distinctive style persuaded Facebook that it would be better off buying tbh than trying to clone its functionality - something that Facebook's coders could easily do in a very short space of time. But what is TBH and how does it work? It lets users anonymously answer multiple-choice questions about friends, which are then collated to send positive feedback to the friend. The polls come in bundles of 15 questions, and users select the person they have in mind from four choices. For any further need, you can take notes. We could even see parts of tbh's feature implemented in the main Facebook app sometime in the future. The social-networking company has tested and shuttered several game-like apps targeted to young people, after being rebuffed in a bid to purchase Snapchat years ago. But it will have more resources owing to Facebook. The acquisition also eliminates a nascent competitor.

It's aimed to improve the mental health of teens, and the people behind it - Nikita Bier, Erik Hazzard, Kyle Zaragoza, and Nicolas Ducdodon - say that the next milestone for the internet age is "meeting people's emotional needs". "When we met with Facebook, we realized that we shared numerous same core values about connecting people through positive interactions".

In a statement to TechCrunch, Facebook said: "tbh and Facebook share a common goal - of building community and enabling people to share in ways that bring us closer together".

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