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!
CNET: Coming soon to Facebook Messenger: More ads. “Your Facebook Messenger home screen may no longer be just an inbox for messaging friends. Facebook’s dedicated messaging app will be extending its beta test of ad placement on users’ home screens globally, building on successful tests in Australia and Thailand, according to the company’s blog post.”
Digital Trends: In Case You Missed That LOL, Facebook Messenger Video Now Has Emoji Reactions. “Video chats inside Facebook Messenger are starting to look a lot like, well, the rest of Facebook. On Monday, the social media platform launched several special effects inside Messenger’s video capability, including emoji reactions, camera filters, and masks that respond to movements and facial expressions.”
Beth’s Blog: 5 Ways Nonprofit Facebook Messenger Bots Can Deliver Impact. “In my last post about nonprofit bots, I discussed the big picture of automation in the nonprofit space and what I learned from the ‘The Beth Bot’ experiment. For this post, I did a landscape scan to identify some of the best examples of nonprofit bots. (These examples use Facebook Messenger, but bots be deployed other platforms or apps.)”
AdWeek: Facebook Messenger Users Have Sent More Than 2 Billion Reactions. “Facebook introduced Reactions for Messenger March 23, and the social network announced Wednesday that more than 2 billion have been sent.”