Facebook Messenger gets admin rights for group chats

In this modern world, some days it can feel like everything is out of your grasp. So take stock on those things that you can control. Like Messenger, Facebook’s increasingly feature-rich offshoot app, which now sports admin privileges for group chats. The new feature is rolling out this week, giving users the ability to better […]

Facebook launches ‘joinable links’ and ‘admin approval’ tool for Messenger group chats

Despite growing controversy around the Cambridge Analytica data privacy allegations, Facebook is pushing those concerns to one side today with the launch of two new features for its Messenger app. The first of the tools is aimed at group admins, allowing them to essentially vet new members of group chats before they can join in. So […]

Facebook adds video chat to Messenger Lite, its pared-down Android app

 After bringing its pared-down Android app Messenger Lite to mature markets like the US and UK last autumn, Facebook is expanding its features to ramp up engagement. Today, the company announced that it is adding video chat into the mix. Messenger Lite, first launched in 2015, was initially part of an effort from Facebook to build […]

Facebook adds video chat to Messenger Lite Android app

Facebook has announced that it’s adding video conversations to its Messenger Lite app. The social networking giant first launched Messenger Lite for Android users back in 2016 to serve those on slower internet connections in developing markets such as Kenya, Tunisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and Venezuela. Over the course of the following year, Messenger Lite landed […]

TechCrunch’s Messenger bot gets smarter and more conversational

 We’ve teamed up with Chatfuel and Bitext to add Bitext’s NLP Middleware to the TechCrunch Messenger bot. This enhanced version adds functionality for conversational interaction, improved natural language understanding, and unique features like negation understanding. Read More Social – TechCrunch

Facebook’s next money-maker: Messenger Broadcasts

 Users might hate it, but Facebook is now testing a self-serve sponsored messaging tool for small businesses that aren’t sophisticated enough to build bots. TechCrunch first reported back in November Facebook internally building a prototype of the Messenger Broadcast tool that let companies blast a message to anyone who’s already started a conversation with them. […]

Top ARKit app Skrite adds teleportation to its AR messenger

Ever since Pokémon Go popularized augmented reality apps, developers have been trying to build the “next big thing.” The most popular free-to-use app using Apple’s ARKit right now is Skrite, according to data from SensorTower, and today Skrite Labs has announced the addition of a new feature that lets its users virtually teleport to locations […]

Facebook inks music licensing deal with ICE covering 160 territories, 290K rightsholders on FB, Insta, Oculus and Messenger

 Facebook today took its latest step towards making good on paying out royalties to music rightsholders around tracks that are used across its multiple platforms and networks. The company has signed a deal with ICE Services — a licensing group and copyright database of some 31 million works that represents PRS in the UK, STIM […]

Facebook Messenger now lets you add more people to in-progress calls

 Facebook Messenger now lets you add more people to a voice or video call without hanging up first. The new feature is available with the latest Android and iOS Messenger update. Read More Social – TechCrunch

Facebook Messenger now lets you turn one-to-one calls into group chats

Facebook has announced a notable update to the group audio- and video-chat feature within Messenger. To initiate a video or audio call with more than one person previously, you’d have to start the call with the desired number of participants included from the get-go. Now you can add a new friend while an existing call […]