Meta Is Pulling the Plug on Facebook Live Shopping
Live Shopping will shut down in October, after which the company will focus on Reels on Facebook and Instagram.
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After less than two years, Facebook is shuttering its live shopping feature, parent company Meta announced in a blog post Wednesday. As of Oct. 1, users will no longer be able to host any new or scheduled Facebook Live Shopping events. Facebook Live will continue, the company said, but you won't be able to create product playlists or tag products in your Facebook Live videos. "As consumers' viewing behaviors are shifting to short-form video, we are shifting our focus to Reels on Facebook and Instagram," the post said, suggesting users try tagging products in Reels on Instagram as a possible substitute.
Previously filmed shopping segments can still be preserved, according to Meta, by downloading them onto your profile page or in Creator Studio. The announcement comes just weeks after TikTok reportedly dropped plans to expand its own live e-commerce initiative, TikTok Shop, to the US and mainland Europe.