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Facebook to Start Rolling Out Instant Games on Messenger on iOS

Facebook has announced today that it is rolling out Instant Games on Messenger "more broadly" for its 1.2 billion user base, alongside launching the new features that were previewed to developers earlier at the annual F8 conference (via VentureBeat). This includes rich gameplay features allowing developers to create unique experiences and Game bots to help game...

Facebook Announces New Messenger Features at F8 2017

Unlike previous years, the Facebook Messenger announcement isn’t related to the numbers but focused on the new things the social media giant is enabling in its most used platform. A year after opening the Messenger Platform to developers, Facebook sees the app that started as a chat platform as a social living room for the...

Facebook Messenger Hits 1.2 Billion Monthly Active Users

Facebook has announced its Messenger platform has now reached 1.2 billion monthly active users, reports Recode. The spinoff from Facebook has now reached the same size as the company’s other messaging app, WhatsApp. For comparison, Facebook has 1.9 billion monthly active users, while Instagram has 600 million. Last month, Facebook launched Messenger Day, seen as...

Facebook Messenger Launches New ‘Live Location’ Sharing Feature

Facebook has announced today that it is rolling out a new location-sharing feature within Messenger called Live Location. This feature aims to make it simpler to share your actual location with your friends and family. According to Facebook’s blog post, this feature has been under testing for some time now, and users found it helpful...

Facebook Messenger Launches Message Reactions and Mentions

With more than a billion users worldwide, Facebook Messenger is a widely adopted communication channel. And today Facebook has announced two new features that could make this messaging app more helpful. The first feature is Reactions: You are already familiar with the Reactions feature from the Facebook app. Now you can react to a message...

Facebook Messenger Day Launches, Brings Disappearing Images Like Snapchat

Facebook has is rolling out Messenger Day today globally, which is their take on Snapchat Stories. The new feature lets users make public or private pictures or videos to share, which disappear in 24 hours. According to Facebook’s VP of messaging David Marcus, in an interview with TechCrunch, the new feature will “probably” include ads between...

Messenger ChatBot Helps Refugees Seek Asylum in Canada, U.S.

Today, Donald Trump signed off on a new executive order that forbids immigrants from six Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States, cutting Iraq from the last ban. It's appropriate, then, that London-born Stanford University student Joshua Browder has developed a chatbot that aids immigrants in acquiring asylum. Browder's DoNotPay chatbot, which was originally created...

WhatsApp Rolling Out Free Encrypted Video Calling

After months of beta testing, Facebook-owned social messenger app WhatsApp on Tuesday rolled out the much-awaited video calling feature, according to a new report from CNET. It is interesting to note that the video calling feature is being made available in India first, then to the rest of the world. “We’re introducing this feature because […]

Facebook Testing Snapchat-Like Feature ‘Messenger Day’

Canadians may not see it soon, but a number of Australian Facebook Messenger users have found a new feature in the app, which they are now apparently using on a regular basis to communicate, reports Mashable. Branded as Messenger Day, the new, Snapchat-like feature allows users to link videos and photos, or add stickers or...

Facebook Messenger Starts Rollout of Encrypted Conversations

In May the Guardian reported that Facebook Messenger would get end-to-end encryption, but sources couldn't reveal a launch date. As it turns out, the social media giant has today started rolling out the feature, which is branded as "Secret Conversations". Facebook claims that messages and calls on Messenger already benefit from strong security systems, but...