Wired: Facebook Funded Most Of The Experts Who Vetted Messenger Kids

Wired: Facebook Funded Most Of The Experts Who Vetted Messenger Kids. “IN DECEMBER, WHEN Facebook launched Messenger Kids, an app for preteens and children as young as 6, the company stressed that it had worked closely with leading experts in order to safeguard younger users. What Facebook didn’t say is that many of those experts had received funding from Facebook.”

TechCrunch: Facebook Messenger’s ‘Your Emoji’ status tells friends what’s up

TechCrunch: Facebook Messenger’s ‘Your Emoji’ status tells friends what’s up. “Want to let friends know you’re trying to party, hit the gym, focus on work or grab a drink? That’s the idea behind a powerful new feature Facebook Messenger is testing called Your Emoji. Akin to offline meetup app Down to Lunch, it lets you overlay a chosen emoji on your Messenger profile pic for 24 hours as a way to spur conversation and hang outs, or just let people know what you’re up to without a dramatic post or Story. It’s a bit like AOL Instant Messenger’s old away messages.”

eWeek: Digmine Cryptocurrency Miner Spreads via Facebook Messenger

eWeek: Digmine Cryptocurrency Miner Spreads via Facebook Messenger. “As the value of cryptocurrency has grown over the course of 2017, so too have the methods used by hackers to get unauthorized mining code running on end-user systems. Security firm Trend Micro last week disclosed the latest method, issuing a warning about a campaign that abuses Facebook Messenger to help deliver and control a cryptocurrency miner to victim systems.”

Bleeping Computer: Digmine Malware Spreading via Facebook Messenger

Bleeping Computer: Digmine Malware Spreading via Facebook Messenger. “Users across several countries are being targeted in a campaign that delivers a new strain of malware named Digmine that installs a Monero cryptocurrency miner and a malicious Chrome extension which helps it propagate to new victims. The malware spreads via Facebook Messenger, which is Facebook’s official instant messaging platform.”

The Next Web: Facebook unveils livestreaming and more for Messenger games

The Next Web: Facebook unveils livestreaming and more for Messenger games. “Facebook announced this week, in celebration of its first year of Messenger games, it’s adding new community features such as livestreaming and video chat. When Facebook announced Instant Games last year, it had 17 games in its repertoire, including Pac-Man, Galaga, and Space Invaders. Now it’s got over 70 games with several more to come next year, including the likes of Sonic, Angry Birds, and Disney Tsum Tsum.”

TechCrunch: Pinterest integrates deeper with Facebook with a new bot and messenger extension

TechCrunch: Pinterest integrates deeper with Facebook with a new bot and messenger extension. “As Pinterest looks to further expand beyond just the audience you’d expect to use it, it’s going to have to start chasing down users and meet them on different territories — and that includes messaging apps. So today Pinterest is launching a pair of updates that is going to help it tap into that audience of people that are sharing content on Facebook Messenger. People might already be copying links to Pinterest and pasting them in Messenger, but the company is looking to make that a little more seamless to get to the point where you can go into Messenger and be able to regularly interact with Pinterest.”

Quartz: Facebook debuts Messenger Kids, an ad-free app that gives parents control

Quartz: Facebook debuts Messenger Kids, an ad-free app that gives parents control. “Technically, children under the age of 13 aren’t allowed on Facebook. But many kids manage to sign up for Facebook and Instagram quite easily, making them vulnerable to all of the internet’s dangers. Now Facebook is rolling out a platform that will allow children to use one of its services—with plenty of parental supervision. Opening up a massive new pool of users, the company is introducing Messenger Kids, a standalone app that lets kids communicate with their family and friends.”