So much for “Save the Whales.” Beluga, the group messaging service acquired by Facebook March 1, will be completely extinct as of December 15.
Beluga co-founders, Chief Executive Officer Ben Davenport, President Lucy Zhang, and Chief Technology Officer Jonathan Perlow announced that the service will be shut down November 11, but users will still be able to access their old pods and messages through December 15, adding that users who wish to do so can download archives of their pods.
The announcement said:
Now that Facebook Messenger is available everywhere, we’ve decided to stop offering Beluga as a separate service. You can keep using Beluga for now, but we’ll be phasing it out over the next few weeks.
Facebook Messenger is currently available in 22 languages for devices running the iOS, Android, and BlackBerry operating systems.