An app that encourages teens to be nice to each other has been acquired by Facebook for an undisclosed fee.
The app – called tbh, meaning “to be honest”, will operate separately from Facebook, similar to how the social network handled its acquisition of photo-sharing app Instagram, Facebook said.
Tbh was launched on Aug. 3 and already has more than 5 million users who have sent more than a billion messages – and for now is only available for iPhones, and only in some U.S. states.
Tbh lets you send prewritten compliments to friends, a method aimed at preventing people from writing nasty comments and cyberbullying.
The app includes compliments like “who has the best smile” and “who makes me laugh the hardest,” to help teens feel more validated and positive.