Artifact, the news app that uses artificial intelligence to deliver personalized news to its users, is shutting down, its co-founder Kevin Systrom announced on his blog on Saturday.
The app, which was launched in February last year by Systrom and Mike Krieger, the founders of Instagram, offered a range of features, such as AI-generated summaries, in-app commenting, clickbait detection, and a ‘X-like’ rating system. The app also enabled users to share and discover content from the web.
However, Systrom said that the app did not find enough market traction to justify further investment. As a result, the app will stop accepting new posts and comments from January 12th, and will only allow news reading until the end of February.
Artifact was often compared to Google Reader, a popular news aggregator that was discontinued in 2013. The app used machine learning to customize the news feed for each user. Systrom also recognized the difficulties faced by news publishers, especially local ones, in the era of digital platforms.
As Artifact prepares to say goodbye, its users will have to look for other ways to consume news in an intelligent and engaging way.
In other news, Meta Platforms, the parent company of Instagram and Facebook, plans to introduce automatic filters for harmful content on its platforms for teenage users. The filters will block content related to self-harm, graphic violence, and eating disorders. The changes are expected to roll out in the next few weeks.
This is the latest move by the tech giant to ensure a safer and more suitable environment for young users on its platforms. The move comes amid legal challenges, with more than 40 states suing Meta. The lawsuits claim that the tech company misled the public about the dangers its platforms pose to young people.