Ubergizmo: Facebook Reportedly Developing Slack-Like Messenger For High Schools. “So we know that Facebook has a Messenger designed for kids but apparently their interest in developing more products for kids has not ended there. According to a report from TNW, it seems that the social network is trialing out High School Networks for Messenger, which apparently is a Slack-like communications platform designed for high schools.” What could POSSIBLY go wrong?
The Register: Facebook admits: Apps were given users’ permission to go into their inboxes. “Facebook has admitted that some apps had access to users’ private messages, thanks to a policy that allowed devs to request mailbox permissions. The revelation came as current Facebook users found out whether they or their friends had used the ‘This Is Your Digital Life’ app that allowed academic Aleksandr Kogan to collect data on users and their friends.”
Ubergizmo: Facebook Now Allowing Users To Unsend Messages. “It has recently been discovered and confirmed that Facebook has been deleting messages sent by Mark Zuckerberg to users. Given that Facebook has no message unsend feature, some have argued that this move was an abuse of Facebook’s powers over its users, but there is a silver lining to this debacle.”
TechCrunch: Facebook retracted Zuckerberg’s messages from recipients’ inboxes . “You can’t remove Facebook messages from the inboxes of people you sent them to, but Facebook did that for Mark Zuckerberg and other executives. Three sources confirm to TechCrunch that old Facebook messages they received from Zuckerberg have disappeared from their Facebook inboxes, while their own replies to him conspiculously remain. An email receipt of a Facebook message from 2010 reviewed by TechCrunch proves Zuckerberg sent people messages that no longer appear in their Facebook chat logs or in the files available from Facebook’s Download Your Information tool.”
Adweek: Quartz’s New Chatbot Is Bringing Conversational News to Facebook Messenger. “This year’s South by Southwest has been a world filled with over-the-top brand activations, surprise visits from Elon Musk and plenty of new products. Quartz took advantage of the atmosphere of the festival and released Quartz for Messenger on March 8. With its new chatbot, Quartz hopes to deliver the news and other content to users on Facebook’s Messenger.”
New York Times: How Russian Trolls Crept Into the Trump Campaign’s Facebook Messages. “When the message from Matt Skiber arrived in the mailbox of the Facebook account for Donald J. Trump’s Florida campaign in early August 2016, it raised no flags, despite its slightly awkward attempts at colloquial American English.”
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.”