Messenger - updates

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Messaging app Signal using PINs to move data across devices

May 21, 2020 - 6:15 PM

Signal's new PIN system will allow it 'to support future functionality while still protecting user privacy'

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 messaging apps getting unified payment system

Nov 13, 2019 - 12:04 PM

Transactions such as payments or donations at Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp or the main social network will eventually be handled by a unified Facebook Pay system, Facebook says

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's top 13 announcements at F8 2019 conference

May 01, 2019 - 10:38 AM

A new Facebook design, a new Instagram camera, and Facebook Dating highlight Facebook's slew of F8 2019 announcements

SECRET CRUSH. The new feature lets users match with friends they have a crush on. All photos from Facebook

BBM's consumer version to close on May 31

Apr 19, 2019 - 12:58 PM

Blackberry says the technology industry 'is very fluid, and, in spite of our substantial efforts, users have moved on to other platforms, while new users proved difficult to sign on'

BBM SAYS GOODBYE. The consumer service will close on May 31. Image from BBM.

Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, Whatsapp suffer global outage

Apr 14, 2019 - 8:45 PM

The outage affects approximately 60% of users. The remaining 40% who can access Facebook's services may encounter errors or issues.

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 getting its messaging apps to be friends

Jan 26, 2019 - 2:48 PM

'We're working on making more of our messaging products end-to-end encrypted and considering ways to make it easier to reach friends and family across networks,' a Facebook spokeswoman says

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

U.S. gov't asked Facebook to help wiretap Messenger – report

Aug 20, 2018 - 3:37 PM

The case is reminiscent of Apple's case in 2016 when the FBI asked it to break into a locked iPhone for an investigation

Photo from Shutterstock

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

Yahoo Messenger shutting down July 17

Jun 12, 2018 - 5:55 PM

Users of the messaging app can download their chat history before its shutdown

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

Facebook wants your nudes to fight spread of revenge porn

Nov 08, 2017 - 1:49 PM

Submitted nudes are given a digital fingerprint that allows for automatic identification and blocking of potential future uploads on Facebook, Instagram and Messenger

Whatsapp lets users take back mistakes, delete messages

Oct 30, 2017 - 6:52 PM

The new feature will allow a user to delete a message from everyone they sent a mistaken message to within 7 minutes of posting

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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 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

Europe rights court backs employee fired over private messages

Sep 05, 2017 - 5:22 PM

The case revolves around messages sent by Bogdan Mihai Barbulescu over the Yahoo messaging platform which the software engineer was required to use to liaise with clients He is sacked after being found to have also chatted with his fiancee and brother on the system

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 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.

More Messenger app users to get Instant Games

May 04, 2017 - 1:55 AM

You can now play Words With Friends EverWing 8 Ball Pool and more games on your Messenger app

Instant Games on Messenger

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

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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

A eulogy for the old Yahoo! Messenger

Jun 16, 2016 - 4:57 PM

In memory of our old slightly forgotten soon to be retired friend Yahoo Messenger here are a few of its features that have endeared it to thousands if not millions of Filipinos like me

Legacy Yahoo Messenger client to be phased out August 5

Jun 11, 2016 - 9:02 PM

The company will instead continue to focus its efforts on the new version of Messenger with a goal of delivering the best experience to our users

THE NEW YAHOO MESSENGER. This version of the app will become standard on August 5. Screen shot from

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

What Facebook has in store for us in the near future

Apr 13, 2016 - 5:23 PM

Facebook unveils a number of products and upgrades on Day 1 of the F8 conference

Facebook chief and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg discusses Messenger and other platforms at the leading social network's annual developers conference in San Francisco on April 12, 2016     / AFP PHOTO / Glenn CHAPMAN

Surprise, surprise: Facebook products you didn't know existed

Apr 13, 2016 - 2:00 PM

The social media giant is much busier and more productive than you could expect

OCULUS RIFT. Screen shot from Oculus Rift website.

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

WhatsApp gets PDF document sharing

Mar 03, 2016 - 11:35 AM

Just go to the chat interface of the person you want to share a document with then click the attachment button

WHATSAPP'S NEW FEATURE. The two logos of Facebook (L) and Whatsapp pictured on the screen of a smartphone in Sieversdorf, Germany, February 19, 2014. File Photo by Patrick Pleul/EPA

Whatsapp to end support for older mobile operating systems

Feb 29, 2016 - 10:23 AM

Whatsapp says the move is meant to let the company focus its efforts on mobile platforms the vast majority of people use

WHATSAPP SUPPORT. The Facebook and WhatsApp app icons are displayed on an iPhone in New York, February 20, 2014. File Photo by Andrew Gombert/EPA

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

Europe court: Employers can monitor workers' online chats

Jan 13, 2016 - 6:25 PM

Talking about personal matters online while at work? European firms are allowed to check court says