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Facebook prototypes Favorites for close friends microsharing

Facebook prototypes Favorites for close friends microsharing Facebook is building its own version of Instagram Close Friends, the company confirms to TechCrunch. There’s a lot people that don’t share on Facebook because it can feel risky or awkward since its definition of “friends” has swelled to include family, work colleagues, and distant […]

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Facebook fails to keep Messenger Kids’ safety promise

Facebook fails to keep Messenger Kids’ safety promise Facebook’s messaging app for under 13s, Messenger Kids — which launched two years ago pledging a “private” chat space for kids to talk with contacts specifically approved by their parents — has run into an embarrassing safety issue. The Verge obtained messages sent by […]

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Daily Crunch: Facebook lets you unsend recent messages

Daily Crunch: Facebook lets you unsend recent messages The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 1. Facebook now lets everyone unsend messages for 10 minutes For […]

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Facebook to encrypt Instagram messages ahead of integration with WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger

Facebook to encrypt Instagram messages ahead of integration with WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger Facebook is planning to roll out end-to-end encryption for Instagram messages, as part of a broader integration effort across company’s messaging platforms, including WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. First reported by The New York Times, the social media giant said reworking the underlying infrastructure […]

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GCHQ’s not-so-smart idea to spy on encrypted messaging apps is branded ‘absolute madness’

GCHQ’s not-so-smart idea to spy on encrypted messaging apps is branded ‘absolute madness’ Nobody wants to be a third wheel. Unless you’re a British spy. Two of the most senior officials at British eavesdropping agency GCHQ say one way that law enforcement could access encrypted messages is to simply add themselves to your […]

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Facebook Messenger is building a “Watch Videos Together” feature

Facebook Messenger is building a “Watch Videos Together” feature Netflix and chill from afar? Facebook Messenger is now internally testing simultaneous co-viewing of videos. That means you and your favorite people could watch a synchronized video over group chat on your respective devices while discussing or joking about it. This “Watch Videos […]

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Facebook Messenger internally tests voice commands for chat, calls

Facebook Messenger internally tests voice commands for chat, calls Facebook Messenger could soon let you user your voice to dictate and send messages, initiate voice calls, and create reminders. Messenger for Android’s code reveals a new M assistant button atop the message thread screen that activates listening for voice commands for those […]

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Chat app Line hopes its own crypto token can solve its user growth problem

Chat app Line hopes its own crypto token can solve its user growth problem Line, the Japanese messaging app firm that’s best known for its cutesy characters and stickers, is pushing deeper into crypto after it launched its own token to help grow its stagnant user base. Line went public two years ago with 218 […]

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Say “Aloha”: A closer look at Facebook’s voice ambitions

Say “Aloha”: A closer look at Facebook’s voice ambitions Facebook has been a bit slow to adopt the voice computing revolution. It has no voice assistant, its smart speaker is still in development, and some apps like Instagram aren’t full equipped for audio communication. But much of that is set to change […]

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Facebook builds its own AR games for Messenger video chat

Facebook builds its own AR games for Messenger video chat Facebook is diving deeper into in-house game development with the launch of its own version of Snapchat’s multiplayer augmented reality video chat games. Today, Facebook Messenger globally launches its first two AR video chat games that you can play with up to […]

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