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Facebook embarks on aggressive strategy to monetise Messenger

Facebook is planning to use its Messenger mobile chat service to attract advertisers away from purchasing banner ads on websites. The company wants to monetise conversations, showing you ads between messages that it believes will increase engagement.

Facebook to bombard 1.2 billion Messenger users with gigantic ads

Facebook has announced it is commencing the global rollout of Messenger adverts. Facebook has previously left Messenger out of its ad network but now the potential revenue to be made from its 1.2 billion users has proved irresistible.

Facebook Messenger video chats get animated masks and filters

Facebook has released a new update for Messenger that adds a slew of features around video chats. The company has brought its filters and masks for photos to video content too, drawing more parallels with rival Snapchat.

Facebook rolls out games to every Messenger user

Facebook has announced it is expanding the roll-out of Messenger's Instant Games platform to every user. The feature lets you play competitive games with friends from within the Messenger app, including support for score boards and tournaments.

Facebook thinks Messenger can replace the Yellow Pages

Facebook has announced the second generation of its Messenger bot platform, giving developers new tools to create intelligent services on Messenger. The company said it wants Messenger to replace the Yellow Pages, connecting you straight to businesses.

Facebook Messenger reaches another incredible milestone

Facebook Messenger is now used by over 1.2 billion people every month, making it one of the most successful apps ever created. Messenger is now twice as popular as Instagram, another Facebook property, having overcome initial scepticism at its launch.

Facebook adds suggestions to its Messenger assistant

Facebook has updated M, the digital assistant inside its Messenger app, with the ability to make suggestions. The company is pitching the feature as a way to sustain conversations by suggesting relevant content that keeps messages flowing.

Facebook unveils location tracking 'Live Location' feature

Facebook has announced a new Messenger feature that lets you share your location with your friends and family for a limited period of time. It's similar to the location tracking feature recently added to Google Maps and carries the same privacy concerns.

Facebook launches Messenger Reactions and Mentions

Facebook has announced it is bringing its Reactions feature to Messenger. Reactions let you respond to a message with an emoji that signifies your feeling. The company is also launching Mentions for Messenger to include other people in a chat.

Facebook testing new comments design that looks like Messenger

Facebook is trialling a new design for its comments feed on mobile devices that closely resembles the current formatting of chat threads in Messenger. It suggests the company is trying to make comments more conversational to increase engagement.

Facebook's 'Messenger Day' Snapchat clone launches worldwide

Facebook is rolling out a new Messenger feature that adds a carbon copy of Snapchat to the immensely popular messaging app. Messenger Day lets you share ephemeral images with your friends. Predictably, they scroll in a carousel and vanish after 24 hours.

Facebook Messenger gets a new camera that's basically Snapchat

Facebook has unveiled an overhaul of Messenger's in-app camera that turns the chat app into another Snapchat clone. You can now create photo art in message threads. Facebook is experimenting with features lifted from Snapchat in all its major properties.

Facebook Messenger wants to help you find something to talk about

Facebook is preparing a new Messenger feature that will let the app suggest conversation topics to you. Messenger will guide you towards interesting discussions with your friends, keeping you engaged on the platform for longer and increasing app usage.

Facebook unveils 'Messenger Lite' as alternative to bloated app

Facebook's rapid expansion of its standalone Messenger app with new features and capabilities has threatened to leave some users behind. Today, the company addressed the app's bloated state with the launch of Messenger Lite, a scaled-down alternative.

Facebook using Messenger AI to prompt you to pay friends back

Facebook has revealed it is testing a new Messenger feature that will allow the app to remind you to pay friends back. Facebook Messenger can already be used to send payments. It can now detect when you've loaned money from friends to make you repay.

Advertising bots can now talk to you on Facebook Messenger

Facebook has updated its chatbot policies to allow AI-controlled ad bots onto Facebook Messenger. Messenger bots are now allowed to canvas products to you, send you promotions and engage in subscription-based conversations in a rethinking of the rules.

Facebook announces encryption is coming to Messenger

Facebook has begun a trial of protecting Messenger conversations with end-to-end encryption, preventing them from being intercepted by third parties before they reach their intended recipient. It will allow it to rival other encrypted apps.

Facebook Messenger is getting a radical redesign with a new home

Facebook has announced a major redesign of its standalone Messenger app for iOS, Android and Windows 10 devices. The company has added an all-new home screen to the app that uses a modular design. It replaces the current list of recent conversations.

Facebook Messenger flaw lets hackers hijack your conversations

A serious flaw in Facebook Messenger, a service used by over 900 million people worldwide, could have allowed hackers to hijack your conversations and pose as your contacts. The vulnerability could have been used to host other malware.

YouTube now lets you send messages to friends from its app

YouTube is building its own messaging system that will sit within the main YouTube app. The feature, available in early access to some users now, is designed to encourage you to share videos more often. You won't need to leave the app to contact friends.

WhatsApp used by one billion people worldwide

Popular instant messaging platform WhatsApp has announced that one billion people are now active on its network, making it one of the largest services online. WhatsApp has been experiencing explosive growth over the past few years.

WhatsApp now free as $1 annual subscription charge ends

Facebook-owned WhatsApp, the data-based messaging app used by almost a billion people worldwide, has announced it is dropping its $1 annual subscription fee and turning itself into a completely free service. It has pledged not to turn to adverts instead.

Yahoo's all-new Messenger app lets you like and unsend messages

Yahoo has launched a complete remake of its almost-forgotten messaging service, Messenger. The new-look app debuts online and on mobile devices today and includes some unique features that aren't available in rival apps.

Facebook announces 'M' — a human-powered virtual assistant

Facebook has announced its own virtual assistant to rival Siri, Cortana and Google Now. 'M' will live inside Messenger and is supervised and enhanced by real people, giving it a unique advantage over its all-digital competitors.

Facebook working on a shopping assistant dubbed 'Moneypenny'

Facebook is apparently working on creating its own digital assistant. Unlike Siri, Cortana or anything else, "Moneypenny" will not be focused on productivity but rather something else entirely: shopping.

Facebook expands payments on Messenger across the entire U.S.

Everybody in the United States can now send and receive payments using Facebook Messenger after a large expansion made the feature mainstream. Users of the app can transfer funds with their friends quickly using just a compatible debit card.

You can now use Facebook Messenger without Facebook

You can now use Facebook Messenger without having a Facebook account by using just your name and phone number. It represents another move by the social network to capitalise on the success of the app in its reinvented form as its own standalone platform.

Facebook unveils video calls for Messenger app

In the midst of increasing competition from rival apps, Facebook announces the introduction of video calls to its Messenger service.

WhatsApp now has 800 million active monthly users

The hugely popular text messaging app WhatsApp has announced it now has 800 million monthly active users on the platform, putting it on target to reach the 1 billion mark before the end of the year and making it the biggest app of its kind.

Facebook Messenger gets its own standalone website

Facebook has created a new standalone website for its Messenger service which can be used independently of the main Facebook site. The move follows the removal of messaging support from the core Facebook app on iOS and Android last year.
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