Facebook’s Ending Messenger Payments in the UK

One of the few people who ever actually used the Facebook Messenger payments function has received a message letting him know it'll be shut down on the 15th of June, thus tipping off the rest of us who never quite got round to trying it out. Read More >>

Facebook May Finally Stop Forcing You to Use Its Messenger App

Remember when a few years ago, Facebook forced us all to download the standalone Messenger app to chat with friends? It appears it’s now backtracking on that and looking to roll chats back into the main Facebook app. Read More >>

Facebook’s Promise to Give Us Zuckerberg’s Magical Delete Powers Looks Like a Bait-and-Switch

Back in April, Facebook was buried in the Cambridge Analytica scandal and really didn’t need extra headaches. So, when it was revealed that CEO Mark Zuckerberg was able to delete his private messages from recipients’ inboxes, Facebook announced it would bring a delete feature to everyone. But Zuckerberg’s special delete button doesn’t appear to be what’s coming. Read More >>

Facebook Reportedly Defeats US Government Demand to Wiretap Messenger Calls

A joint US federal-state task force tracking the MS-13 gang tried and failed to force Facebook to help it wiretap calls made through its Messenger app, Reuters reported on Friday, even launching an unsuccessful attempt to hold the social media titan in contempt of court for refusing to do so. Read More >>

What the ‘Someone Is Typing’ Bubbles in Messaging Apps Actually Mean

Whether it’s a series of blinking ellipsis or an explicit notification that “someone’s typing,” the messaging feature known as a typing indicator is both a useful tool and a source of anxiety for many people. But knowing more about how it works can at least limit the guessing games that cause us stress. Read More >>

Facebook Admits to Major Screw-Up That Silently Unblocked People Without Asking

Facebook disclosed a new “bug” on Monday that temporarily let some users who’d been blocked on the service send messages to the people who had blocked them. The bug also let some previously-blocked users view posts that were shared “to a wider audience,” such as publicly or with friends of friends, Facebook said. Read More >>

Facebook Messenger Will Now Include Autoplaying Ads With Your Private Conversations

The problem with becoming a massively successful company that’s publicly traded is that you have to keep growing. Facebook is running out of new places to force its ads and it’s now going to start throwing autoplaying videos into Messenger. Read More >>

Facebook Is Pivoting to the Blockchain

We won’t really know what kind of consequences Facebook will face from the Cambridge Analytica scandal until its next earnings report, months from now. But Facebook is taking a lesson from struggling iced tea and camera companies by throwing some love to the blockchain. Investors: Are you happy now? Read More >>

Brace Yourself: Facebook Messenger Ads Are Here

More than 1.2 billion people use Facebook's Messenger every single month - and until now, it's been pretty much the only place Facebook users haven't been hit with ads. Read More >>

Facebook Adds Proper Games to Messenger

Facebook is adding more to its already packed Messenger app, and this is quite the seismic change -- proper games are coming to the chat portal's mobile apps and desktop sites along with group score tracking to keep track of who's best. Read More >>

Deleting the Facebook App Could Save Up to 20 Per Cent of Your Android’s Battery Life

Facebook has had an ongoing problem developing on Android for a while now. Facebook’s central item officer, Chris Cox, even encouraged his staff to switch to Android in order to live with the issues and figure them out. A recent independent test by Tech World Zone found that the problems have persisted and that life could be a lot better without the Facebook app. Read More >>

Facebook Messenger’s New ‘Conversation Topic’ Feature Seems Creepy and Bad

According to Facebook, the Messenger app currently has around one billion users. Those users can do a lot of things: order flowers, play games, and bother everyone on their contact list with inane location updates. Now, if a new report is to be believed, users may soon receive creepy conversation topic suggestions from the app. Read More >>

In Order to Push Moments, Facebook Threatens to Delete Synced Photos Forever

In preparation for a full-scale push of the Moments app, Facebook has issued users an ultimatum: download the app, or risk losing many of your photos forever. Read More >>

YouTube’s “Native Sharing” Messaging Feature Turns the Site Into Red Facebook

YouTube's about to start testing its own in-house and in-app messaging service, one designed to let users share videos with friends then hang around in some sort of chat thread debating the political and social ramifications of what they've just seen unfold, and whether or not the dog involved really did sound like it was saying "sausages." Read More >>

How Facebook Will Make the Smartphone Smart Again

You probably only use three apps on your smartphone—and one of them is likely a messaging app. By some estimates, messengers are even more popular than social media. And now, Facebook is giving you even more reasons to send text messages. Read More >>