MIT Technology Review: Andrew Ng Has a Chatbot That Can Help with Depression. “I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but I’ve been seeing a virtual therapist. It’s called Woebot, and it’s a Facebook chatbot developed by Stanford University researchers that offers interactive cognitive behavioral therapy. And Andrew Ng, a prominent figure who previously led efforts to develop and apply the latest AI technologies at Google and Baidu, is now lending his backing to the project by joining the board of directors of the company offering its services.”
The Next Web: Facebook Messenger teams up with PayPal for payments. “Facebook users are getting a new way to pay eachother with Messenger. Well, actually an old one – starting today, people in the US will be able to pay eachother using PayPal.”
Recode: Facebook admits Russia agents used Messenger to disrupt U.S. presidential election. “A top Facebook executive admitted Wednesday that Russian agents had used the social network’s popular Messenger platform to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. Facebook Messenger boss David Marcus disclosed that a ‘very small’ number of the 470 accounts active in the Russian interference campaign were using Messenger to communicate with their users.”
BetaNews: Facebook Messenger Lite now available in US, Canada, UK and Ireland. “Having launched Facebook Messenger Lite last year to a limited number of markets, the social networking giant is now pushing its messaging app to the US, Canada, UK and Ireland. For now the app is only available for Android — Facebook has not yet said whether an iOS version is in the works.”
Quartz: This aid agency is using chatbots to beat world hunger. “The UN’s World Food Program (WFP), has been experimenting with text and Facebook messenger chatbots to monitor food insecurity in hard-to-reach areas, turning smartphones and social media into lifelines for the most vulnerable of refugees.”
The Hacker News: Beware of Windows/MacOS/Linux Virus Spreading Through Facebook Messenger. “If you came across any Facebook message with a video link sent by anyone, even your friend — just don’t click on it. Security researchers at Kaspersky Lab have spotted an ongoing cross-platform campaign on Facebook Messenger, where users receive a video link that redirects them to a fake website, luring them to install malicious software.”
Social Media Examiner: How to Integrate Facebook Messenger Bots With Facebook Live. “Want more leads and conversions from your Facebook Live videos? Did you know using a chatbot can boost your results? Integrating Messenger bots with your Facebook Live broadcasts makes it easy for viewers to sign up for and receive your offers. In this article, you’ll discover how to create a Facebook Messenger bot that generates qualified leads from your live videos.” This is neat!