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Facebook launches Messenger Kids in 70 countries

Apr 22, 2020 - 7:45 PM

First launched in the US in December 2017, the kid-friendly version of Messenger expands to 70 countries

MESSENGER KIDS. Photo from Facebook


Facebook aims its Messenger at coronavirus battle

Mar 23, 2020 - 3:29 PM

Facebook also invites software savants to take part in an online 'hackathon' aimed at creating ways to use Messenger to ease social-distancing and deliver accurate information about the coronavirus pandemic

FACEBOOK AND WHATSAPP. The WhatsApp messaging app is displayed on an Apple iPhone on May 14, 2019 in San Anselmo, California. Photo Illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Facebook rolls out 'faster' Messenger app for iOS

Mar 03, 2020 - 4:38 PM

The social media giant says the rebuilt app loads twice as fast and will only be a quarter of the original’s size

MESSENGER. Image from Facebook newsroom


Facebook firm on message encryption despite pressure

Dec 11, 2019 - 3:15 PM

The comments from Facebook come weeks after officials from the US, Britain and Australia called on Facebook to allow authorities to circumvent encryption to better fight extremism, child pornography and other crimes

FACEBOOK. This illustration picture shows the US social media Facebook logo displayed on a tablet in Paris on February 18, 2019. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Facebook to fix kids app flaw allowing chats with strangers

Jul 24, 2019 - 3:31 PM

The social network says it has been shutting down the group chats involved and notifying thousands of parents that their children many have unintentionally connected with strangers

MESSENGER KIDS. Photo from Facebook newsroom


Facebook lets senders undo sent Messenger missives

Feb 06, 2019 - 8:07 AM

Messenger users will now have a 10-minute window after sending a message to undo it, leaving behind a note telling everyone in a conversation that the remark was removed

Facebook fixes Messenger bug which brought back old messages as new

Nov 27, 2018 - 1:11 PM

(UPDATED) The Facebook bug – which resurfaced old messages as new and unread – has been fixed

MESSENGER IS BROKEN. In this file photo taken on May 16, 2018 shows the logo of the social network Facebook on a broken screen of a mobile phone.  File photo by Joel Saget/AFP

Facebook simplifies Messenger app

Oct 24, 2018 - 7:39 PM

The new version, currently being rolled out, has 3 tabs instead of 9

Image from Facebook


You may soon 'unsend’ messages on Facebook Messenger

Oct 15, 2018 - 11:22 AM

The feature, if it gets rolled out, allows you to remove a message within a set time window after it was sent

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Facebook admits users' phone number may be used to target ads

Sep 28, 2018 - 11:49 AM

Phone contacts who aren't necessarily on a user's Facebook network may be targeted too when a user syncs their phone with Messenger


Bug temporarily unblocked Facebook and Messenger users

Jul 03, 2018 - 12:35 PM

Some users may have temporarily gained normal access to the pages that have blocked them

FACEBOOK. An illustration picture shows a person posing during a photo session showing the social platform Facebook logo reflected in the pupil of an eye on April 25, 2018, in Paris.  File photo by Christophe Simon/AFP


Facebook messaging app adds real time translations

May 02, 2018 - 12:57 PM

Messenger has become a tool for businesses to connect with customers, and the ability to converse with customers in a variety of languages could help bump up advertising

ZUCKERBERG AND FACEBOOK. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during the annual F8 summit at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California on May 1, 2018. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

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Oct 19, 2017 - 10:39 PM

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Russia may have used Messenger to influence U.S. elections – Facebook

Oct 19, 2017 - 2:32 PM

Along with the purchase of $150,000 worth of Facebook ads, Facebook's chat app may have also been used to influence US voters

DEEP IMPACT. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, seen here at Facebook's F8 Developer Conference, continues to face political controversy. File photo by Justin Sullivan/AFP


FB Messenger crashes for thousands of users

Sep 23, 2017 - 5:59 PM

Downdetector.com reports that most of the outages come from the Philippines, Australia, and parts of Europe

PayMaya now lets you pay for bills, send money and buy load on Facebook Messenger

Sep 23, 2017 - 7:40 AM

Just search for @PayMayaOfficial on the app to start a transaction

FULL TEXT: Facebook Messenger chat of alleged Aegis Juris fraternity members

Sep 22, 2017 - 8:18 PM

An Aegis Juris fraternity member surfaces to confirm he is one of the 7 persons in the viral screenshots of a Facebook Messenger chat where the hazing of neophyte Horacio Castillo III was planned

Facebook Messenger chat may give clues to Castillo's hazing death

Sep 20, 2017 - 9:29 PM

A Facebook group calling for justice for slain UST law student Horacio Castillo III posts screenshots of a Messenger chat of 7 alleged Aegis Juris members planning the hazing

New malware spreading via FB Messenger – antivirus firms

Aug 25, 2017 - 4:54 PM

Kaspersky Avira and CSIS say it spreads via a certain bit ly or t cn link sent by contacts

BAD LINK. The format of the malware's message shows the name of the user, the word 'Video,' and a bitly or t.cn link. Screenshot of message from Kaspersky.


Facebook Messenger ads to expand worldwide

Jul 12, 2017 - 6:25 PM

Businesses around the world can now use Facebook targeting to extend their reach to people in Messenger

MESSENGER ADS. The advertisement beta program is expanding worldwide. Image from Facebook.

Rappler articles available on Facebook Messenger for free

Feb 06, 2017 - 7:35 PM

Just on Free Facebook? No problem Rappler s top stories can now be read in full on your mobile device

Netizens mock Messenger for new Snapchat-like features

Dec 16, 2016 - 8:57 PM

Facebook s messaging platform now has vanishing content and a new host of filters and effects

UP IN ARMS. Netizens disliked the new Snapchat-like features for Facebook Messenger

Facebook brings mobile games to Messenger

Nov 30, 2016 - 12:49 PM

Classic games like Pac Man and Space Invaders make their debut on Facebook s messaging app

Facebook Messenger hadirkan fitur hemat kuota

Oct 18, 2016 - 1:06 PM

Pengguna dapat menghemat data dengan mengubah isi unduhan aplikasi yang diterima

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Jul 21, 2016 - 2:17 PM

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1 billion people on Facebook Messenger

Jul 21, 2016 - 1:11 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Messenger says it hopes to send a billion thank yous in the form of a new floating balloon feature that everyone can use to celebrate

Facebook, Messenger and Instagram apps hit Windows 10

Apr 29, 2016 - 5:47 PM

Free Facebook and Messenger programs for Windows 10 are hitting virtual shelves at the Windows desktop app store while an Instagram app that runs on mobile devices hits the Windows Phone Store

Zuckerberg tightens grip as Facebook profit soars

Apr 28, 2016 - 4:00 PM

The social media giant s profit in the first quarter of 2016 triples to 1 5 billion

epa05175632 Facebook's founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg takes part in a conference at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, 22 February 2016. The Mobile World Congress runs from 22 to 25 February 2016. EPA/TONI ALBIR

Facebook launches chat bot platform for Messenger

Apr 13, 2016 - 1:51 AM

The chat bots would allow a user to interact with a brand or service For example users can take advantage of a CNN chat bot to get of an overview of the world s latest news

ZUCKERBERG. Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg addresses the audience at the 2016 F8 Developer Conference on April 12, 2016. Screen shot from F8 livestream

Facebook's Messenger on Android now supports account switching

Feb 20, 2016 - 12:28 PM

Messenger users will be able to add more than one account to an Android device through a new Accounts section in the Settings then switch accounts as needed

MULTIPLE ACCOUNT SUPPORT. Users can set up multiple accounts and switch between them on one Android device. Image from Facebook.

Facebook’s Messenger to get ads via branded messages?

Feb 19, 2016 - 1:00 PM

Brands will reportedly be able to message people who ve previously engaged with a brand via chatting on Messenger

Facebook Messenger app grows to more than 800M users

Jan 08, 2016 - 2:14 AM

Plans for this year include doing more to enable businesses and services to connect with people using Messenger according to Facebook

Need a ride? FB Messenger, Uber team up for US users

Dec 17, 2015 - 6:55 PM

A new Facebook Messenger feature lets users in parts of the United States request a ride from the car service

FACEBOOK TRANSPORTATION. Facebook Messenger now allows users in select US locations to get a ride on Uber. Image from Facebook.

Facebook tests vanishing messages

Nov 13, 2015 - 11:40 AM

The feature is being tested on versions of the Messenger application for mobile devices powered by Apple or Android software If it proves successful the feature would likely be made available in other countries

FACEBOOK MESSENGER. A file picture dated 17 April 2015 shows a Facebook sign at the German Facebook headquarters in Hamburg, Germany. File Photo by Daniel Reinhardt/EPA

Dituduh chatting mesra lewat FB, Wisni Yetty dibebaskan pengadilan

Sep 03, 2015 - 9:10 PM

Namun mantan suaminya yang melaporkan dia memutuskan untuk mengajukan banding

Warga Bandung Wisni Yetty dijatuhi hukuman 5 bulan penjara karena melakukan chatting mesra lewat Facebook. Foto oleh Yuli Saputra/Rappler

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Jun 04, 2015 - 12:29 PM

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Video: Facebook supports 3rd party GIFs

Jun 02, 2015 - 2:45 PM

You can now send that hairflip GIF to your friends via Facebook

Facebook Messenger gets video calling in select countries

Apr 28, 2015 - 8:50 PM

Users in select countries where the service will be available can now just tap a button to switch a Messenger conversation into a video call

VIDEO CALLING. Image from Facebook.

Facebook profit down but revenues, user base grow

Apr 23, 2015 - 9:35 AM

While profits are down 20 from a year ago Facebook boosts its user base to 1 44 billion including 1 25 billion people accessing Facebook on mobile devices

FACEBOOK HIGHLIGHTS. Image from Mark Zuckerberg's announcement post

Facebook brings Messenger to web browsers

Apr 09, 2015 - 3:14 PM

The arrival of Messenger as a web based application lets users chat with Facebook without the distraction of Facebook itself in front of them

MESSENGER ON THE WEB. Screen shot from Messenger.com

Two Indonesian women jailed, fined for social media posts

Mar 31, 2015 - 7:00 PM

Careful what you post: One woman was jailed for complaints about her husband to a friend over Facebook messenger chat and another one fined for an angry outburst on social networking app Path

GUILTY. Wisni Yetty outside a court in Bandung on March 31, 2015, after being sentenced to 5 months in jail for a Facebook messenger conversation. Photo by Yuli Saputra/Rappler

Facebook Messenger reaches 500 million users

Nov 11, 2014 - 3:06 PM

Facebook marks an exciting milestone with over 500 million people now using Facebook s Messenger application

MESSENGER. Screen shot from Facebook.

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Aug 19, 2014 - 3:21 PM

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Facebook to force Messenger download for mobile chat

Jul 29, 2014 - 5:56 PM

UPDATED Facebook is gradually sending messages to individuals about the required download of Messenger to continue mobile chat on the service

MESSENGER. Screen shot from Facebook.

Facebook names 'mobile messaging' chief

Jun 10, 2014 - 6:44 AM

The appointment of Marcus also comes with Facebook preparing to absorb the popular messaging service WhatsApp in a US 19 billion deal

ZUCKERBERG. Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, northeastern Spain, February 24, 2014. Alberto Estevez/EPA

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Facebook Messenger now on Windows Phone Store

Mar 05, 2014 - 9:24 PM

For the longest time Facebook s messaging time was only available for Android and iOS users

Facebook Messenger for Windows closing March 3

Feb 27, 2014 - 10:49 AM

A Facebook spokesperson acknowledges the impending shutdown of Facebook Messenger for Windows on March 3

SHUTTING DOWN. Facebook Messenger for Windows will shutter on March 3. Screen shot from Facebook Messenger

Facebook for Windows Phone coming soon

Feb 25, 2014 - 9:08 PM

Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone is on its way Microsoft promises more great apps coming soon

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