Messenger

Facebook Messenger Home Screen Ads Beta to Expand Worldwide

Facebook Messenger’s head of product Stan Chudnovsky has today announced that the company will be extending its Messenger home screen ads beta program worldwide in the next few weeks. While speaking with VentureBeat CEO Matt Marshall  at MB 2017, Chudnovsky said that advertising is how the social networking giant is going to be making money right now. “[Advertising is] not necessarily everything, but...

Spotify Now Lets You Build Playlists with Friends on Facebook Messenger

Today, Spotify launched a new feature for Facebook Messenger that lets you create playlists of songs with your friends. Group Playlists for Messenger leverages the existing Spotify Chat extension for Facebook's app. The extension allows users to create group playlists, share them with friends, and then let those friends add new songs to that same...

Facebook Messenger for iOS Gets New Look, Faster Navigation

Facebook is updating its Messenger app for iOS by making a number of small changes to the way content is organized on its home screen, in an effort to offer improved navigation (via TechCrunch). The update introduces new tabs at the top of Messenger’s main screen for quickly moving between your messages, active contacts, and groups. Facebook...

Facebook Announces Apple Music and Spotify Chat Extensions for Messenger

During today's keynote for Facebook's F8 developer's conference, the company announced its plans to integrate both Apple Music and Spotify into Facebook Messenger. The integration will come in the form of chat extensions, which will allow users to link to Apple Music or Spotify content for sharing songs and playlists directly within the Facebook Messenger...

Facebook Announces Group Payments in Messenger [US Only]

While person-to-person payments have previously been possible via Facebook Messenger, the company has today announced the ability to send or receive money between groups of people on Messenger in the U.S., making it easy for users to split a restaurant bill or chip in for a group gift. The whole process is simple, fast and free, with users...

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...

Facebook Begins Limited Testing of Ads in its Messenger App

On Wednesday, Facebook revealed that it will start testing ads in its Messenger app for mobile devices including the iPhone and iPad. According to a report from Business Insider, the test will be a limited to a small group of people in Australia and Thailand. It will also initially be restricted to five advertisers, which were...