Facebook Removes ‘Stalker App’ Within Hours of Quiet Unveiling

Facebook removed the app which a spokeswoman said was a test, not a product launch

Hours after it went live, Facebook removed a new feature allowing people to locate other nearby users with public profiles.

A Facebook spokeswoman told TheWrap Monday that the new app was an engineers' test, not a new product launch.

"With all tests, some get released as full products, others don't," she wrote in an email to TheWrap. "Nothing more to say on this for now."

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The new tool — dubbed "Friendshake," "Find Friends Nearby," or, by some who fear it gives too much information to strangers, the "stalker app" — briefly became available Monday on Facebook's mobile apps and website, despite no official announcement. 

The service comes nearly two months after the social networking behemoth acquired Glancee, a mobile app that helps users find people near them with similar interests. It is unclear whether Friendshake is built on the same technology.