Neowin: Redesigned Facebook Messenger app is now rolling out globally to all users . “Facebook announced a major overhaul of Messenger during its annual F8 conference back in May 2018. The revamp was aimed at de-cluttering the app and making it more usable. The company itself admitted in early 2018 that while it had added a whole bunch of features over the years, the app had lost its simplicity. As promised, Messenger version 4 slowly began rolling out in October, bringing with it the much-awaited overhaul.”
The Verge: Facebook introduces Boomerang support and selfie mode for Messenger. “Facebook today announced a host of new camera features for its Messenger app. As well as native support for looping Boomerang videos, there’s also a Selfie mode that automatically blurs out the background, and an augmented reality feature that lets you place Messenger’s stickers in your photos and videos.”
The Register: Sorry, we haven’t ACLU what happened in sealed ‘Facebook decryption’ case, but let’s find out. “The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a motion to find out what went on in a court case in which the US Department of Justice allegedly tried to make Facebook give it unencrypted access to Messenger calls.”
Neowin: Some Facebook users are seeing old messages popping up as new ones. “Some Facebook users are being faced with a strange new bug on the social network’s website, as old messages in their history are being surfaced as if they were new. Reports started popping up on Twitter earlier today, with users mostly complaining about the fact that they were being shown embarrassing or even painful memories.”
The Verge: Facebook’s unsend feature will give you 10 minutes to delete a message. “Facebook Messenger will soon allow you to delete sent messages up to 10 minutes after you’ve originally sent them. The feature is listed as ‘coming soon’ in the release notes for version 191.0 of Messenger’s iOS client. Compared to the hour Facebook gives you to delete an erroneous WhatsApp message, 10 minutes doesn’t give you too much time to correct yourself. But it’s a lot better than having your mistakes preserved eternally.”
BBC: Private messages from 81,000 hacked Facebook accounts for sale. “Hackers appear to have compromised and published private messages from at least 81,000 Facebook users’ accounts. The perpetrators told the BBC Russian Service that they had details from a total of 120 million accounts, which they were attempting to sell, although there are reasons to be sceptical about that figure.” It appears that this might have been caused by sketchy browser extensions, but apparently Facebook has not named the extensions.
BetaNews: Facebook Messenger 4 is simpler and far, far less ugly. “After hitting the headlines for falling victim to a hack attack, and then the privacy issues surround its Portal devices, Facebook will be hoping that the rollout of a sleeker, sexier, simplified version of Messenger will do something to get disgruntled users back on side.”