In an interview with BuzzFeed News, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg confirmed that the company is bringing back its Find Friends feature to its own platform for iOS.
“We’ve been working on a new feature that’s been in development for a while now, and it will be available to iOS users this fall,” Sandberg said.
“It’s been around for a long time, and we wanted to take advantage of it, and now it’s finally coming to iOS.”
This will be Facebook’s second time bringing back the feature to iOS, after it was introduced back in 2014.
Earlier this year, the company announced the introduction of the “Find friends” feature, which allows users to search for people by their profile name and social media posts.
This is the first time the feature will be brought to iOS as a standalone app, and the company has promised that the feature won’t be limited to just people that use Facebook, but that it will expand to other services like Google+ and Instagram.
“The Find Friends app will be the same as before: it’ll have your own settings, you’ll be able to search with your profile name, and you’ll also be able see friends on the map,” Sandburg told BuzzFeed News.
“But what we’ve added is this new, smarter thing called Find Friends, which is a completely new kind of tool that we think will make finding friends on Facebook and across other services a whole lot easier.
It will also help you make sure you have friends with the right friends at the right time.”
The feature will only work in the US and Canada, and will be rolled out in phases over the next several months.
Facebook is also planning to roll out “Find Your Friends” on other platforms, including WhatsApp and Kik, where users can make friends with people they follow on those services.
“This will make it even easier to find and connect with people in your circle of friends on other apps,” Sandwell added.
The Find Friends tool, which will be introduced to iOS in September, will also be available for Android users.
In an effort to keep users happy, Facebook also plans to launch a new ad-free version of the social network this fall, and is also launching a new “Live Chat” feature that lets users post and answer questions on a livestream.