The Palo Alto, California-based Facebook said the Beluga team “will continue their vision for groups and mobile communication as part of Facebook.”
“We’re excited to continue to build our vision for mobile group messaging as part of the Facebook team,” Beluga said in a statement. “Beluga and Facebook are committed to create new and better ways to communicate and share group experiences.”
Beluga said the service will continue unchanged for now and it will provide details on future plans in the coming weeks. Beluga was launched last year by former Google employees Ben Davenport, Lucy Zhang and Jonathan Perlow.
Beluga’s free iPhone and Android mobile applications allow users to share updates and photos with family and friends.