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Facebook Messenger video calling gets a big new feature

Facebook Messenger video calling gets a big new feature

Facebook has spent the last few years trying to turn Messenger into the communication platform. Many different features have been added to Messenger over the years, but one that seems crucial - the ability to add people to your in-progress video calls - has been missing since video calling launched back in 2015. That all changes today.

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Messenger Kids arrives on Android as latest Facebook controversy

Messenger Kids arrives on Android as latest Facebook controversy

Facebook's latest controversy, Messenger Kids, has just launched on Android after first arriving on iOS several weeks ago. The app was the recent subject of a letter sent to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg from advocacy group Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. In the letter, the group asked Zuckerberg to discontinue the app, saying the new Messenger product may "undermine children's healthy development."

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Advocacy group asks Facebook to drop Messenger Kids over health fears

Advocacy group asks Facebook to drop Messenger Kids over health fears

Facebook introduced a kid-friendly version of its chat app called Messenger Kids last month, offering young children access to all of its best features without the potential safety issues. The app aims to protect kids by tethering the app to a parent's account, requiring parental authorization to chat with new people, and more. However, an advocacy group is arguing that none of those features matter because, they say, Messenger Kids is inherently dangerous to kids.

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Facebook Messenger commits to trimming the fat in 2018

Facebook Messenger commits to trimming the fat in 2018

These days, Facebook Messenger is a service attempting to wear many hats. Over the past couple of years, we've seen Facebook pack Messenger with a bunch of different features, whether that's processing payments or playing games with friends. While some of those services are good, feature creep has caused the Messenger we use today to feel a little bloated.

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Facebook Messenger Kids for Kindle Fire brings safe chatting to Amazon tablets

Facebook Messenger Kids for Kindle Fire brings safe chatting to Amazon tablets

Last month, Facebook announced Messenger Kids, a child-friendly version of its messaging app that enables parents to keep a tight grip on their child's digital communications. The app is a standalone product -- a child can use it without having their own Facebook account, with their parent instead tacking it onto their own account. As of today, the Messenger Kids app is now available to use on Amazon's own tablet lineup.

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Facebook M shutting down after long-running beta test

Facebook M shutting down after long-running beta test

Way back in 2015, Facebook launched a new AI assistant it named simply Facebook M. Much like Alexa or Google Assistant, Facebook users could ask it questions, place orders for products, and have it make recommendations, but unlike those, Facebook made sure that M was not only trained by humans, but also supervised by them to continue teaching it on an ongoing basis. It seemed like a fairly promising platform, but in the years since it was first introduced, we haven't heard much about it.

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Facebook Messenger World Effects bring Snapchat-like AR stickers

Facebook Messenger World Effects bring Snapchat-like AR stickers

It ain’t over til the big-boned Viking lady sings, as they say. That definitely seems to be the case with Facebook’s barrage of new features that are too eerily familiar with features from its biggest rival, Snapchat. Then again, everyone’s going towards augmented reality objects these days, so Facebook could simply say it’s just riding the waves. Regardless, uses of Messenger need not look elsewhere for their 3D stickers fix as Facebook introduces “World Effects” that brings the messaging service closer to making Snapchat redundant.

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Facebook Messenger Kids goes heavy on parental controls for safe chatting

Facebook Messenger Kids goes heavy on parental controls for safe chatting

With more than 2 billion monthly users, Facebook can't exactly guarantee that it's going to be a safe place for kids. In fact, Facebook bars anyone younger than 13 from creating a profile, and has done so from the start. While that's probably for the best, Facebook still offers tools that are handy for keeping in touch - specifically Messenger - and now you have an new option if you'd like to let your child have a presence on Messenger while at the same time staying away from the larger Facebook ecosystem.

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Facebook does a Snapchat with messaging Streaks

Facebook does a Snapchat with messaging Streaks

The old saying goes “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em”. Facebook, naturally, has put a different twist to that: if you can’t beat ‘em, copy ‘em. That does seem to be the between the social networking titan and Snapchat, perceived to be its biggest threat, bigger than even Twitter. Following a long list of new features that have a not so vague resemblance to Snapchat’s, Facebook is now testing “streaks” in Messenger, turning conversations into a potential game and, of course, profitable user engagement for Facebook.

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Facebook Messenger gets high-res 4K photo sharing support

Facebook Messenger gets high-res 4K photo sharing support

Facebook just made it possible for users to share higher resolution photos using Messenger, a welcomed feature considering how often users are on WiFi and LTE. Up until now, images shared through Messenger were fairly low-resolution -- not so low that they were unusable, but low enough to have a noticeable loss of quality. That changes with 4K image support.

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Messenger Day nixed as Facebook pushes Stories feature

Messenger Day nixed as Facebook pushes Stories feature

Facebook has eliminated its Messenger Day feature, a Snapchat clone that isn't even a year old yet. Why get rid of such a fresh feature? Because the company now has a Stories feature -- another Snapchat feature clone -- and it wants users to gravitate to it. Messenger Day was essentially the same thing, but contained to the Messenger app itself.

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PayPal Facebook Messenger feature settles the group check

PayPal Facebook Messenger feature settles the group check

The number of ways to pressure your friends to cough up the cash they owe you for lunch is increasing, with PayPal and Facebook Messenger hooking up. A new update to Messenger allows for PayPal peer-to-peer payments directly within the popular Facebook IM service. It's built atop PayPal's existing Facebook Messenger integration for shopping.

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