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Facebook adds a forwarding limit in Messenger to curb misinformation

Facebook is adding a forwarding limit in Messenger in an effort to curb the sharing of viral misinformation. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic still affecting many parts of the world and the contentious U.S. presidential election just a few months away, now more than ever is the time to be vigilant about what you're reading online....

Facebook merges Messenger and Instagram chats on Android and iOS

Back in January last year, we learned that Facebook's co-founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, planned to unify the infrastructure of all three of the company's messaging services — WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger. Even though reports from late last year suggested that the US Federal Trade Commission was planning on an injunction against Facebook's interoperability...

Facebook Messenger is getting an App Lock and new message controls for better privacy

User privacy isn't one of Facebook's strong suits, and the company has found itself embroiled in numerous privacy debacles in the recent past. However, Facebook has been taking small steps in the right direction, ever since the company's CEO Mark Zuckerberg outlined his vision for a privacy-focused messaging and social networking platform last year. The...

Facebook Messenger can now do screen sharing on mobile

The ability to share your screen is an essential feature in video conferencing apps. However, we don't see it as often in personal video calling apps. Facebook has been updating its Messenger video calling services in recent months and now they are adding screen sharing to the mix. Facebook Messenger on the desktop has had the...

Facebook Messenger’s chat heads switch to Android 11’s bubble notifications API

Google introduced the new Bubbles API with Android 10 Beta 2 back in April last year. The API was initially offered as an opt-in feature for developers, with Google urging them to test the API in their apps so that the supported apps were ready when the feature finally rolled out in a future Android...

WhatsApp adds a shortcut to Facebook Messenger Rooms for video calls

Facebook has started rolling out yet another messaging service: Facebook Messenger Rooms. The premise of Messenger Rooms is simple: Many of us are under stay-at-home orders so meetings, be it work or social, need to go virtual. Most people jumped onto platforms like Zoom, so Facebook wants a piece of this pie which is why...

Facebook Messenger Kids expands to over 70 new countries

Towards the end of 2017, Facebook introduced a new chat app aimed at kids called Messenger Kids. The new parent-approved app was essentially a kid-friendly version of its popular Messenger app which was designed to help children safely message friends and family members. The service was initially launched in the US and it soon made...

Facebook releases a Messenger desktop app for Windows and macOS

Now, perhaps more than ever in human history, people are relying on technology to communicate. The internet is making it possible for people to work, see their loved ones, and attend virtual events while staying at home. There are a plethora of options when it comes to online communication, but Facebook Messenger is one of...

You can no longer use a phone number to sign up for Facebook Messenger

In a bid to bring more users to the platform, Facebook has now removed support for phone number logins on Facebook Messenger. According to a recent report from VentureBeat, the company now requires users to create a Facebook account in order to use Messenger. In an email to the publication, a Facebook spokesperson wrote, "If...

[Update: In Beta] Facebook tests a screen sharing feature in its Messenger app

Facebook Messenger has been the standalone app for chatting on Facebook's primary social media platform, so much so that even the primary Facebook for Android app does not even let you converse with people privately without redirecting you to install Messenger. Messenger has its own merits and demerits, but Facebook is constantly exploring new ways...

Facebook Pay is a new payment system for WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook

Facebook's plan to assert greater control over its company's sprawling divisions is no secret, as was first reported back when talks of unification of the messaging infrastructure of WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger first emerged. The company then went on to make its branding very prominent within these services, to really remind users of the...

Facebook paid third parties to transcribe users’ voice messages

The latest news that shocks us - then makes us stop and wonder why we were shocked in the first place - comes in the form of allegations that Facebook has been spying on users' voice messages. The allegations say that the social media giant paid third-party contractors to transcribe audio clips taken from Facebook...