Neowin: Facebook gets more inspiration from Snapchat, launches AR games in Messenger . “Facebook today announced a new feature for its Messenger app: augmented reality (AR) games in video chats. These games will allow up to 6 people to play together and compete in real-time during a video call. Right now, the company is introducing the self-explanatory Don’t Smile and Asteroid Attack, which tests each player’s ability to steer a spaceship using their face.”
Motherboard: Facebook Is Testing a Feature to Tell You If That DM Came from Russia. “Facebook has faced a wave of misinformation and scam campaigns. Users may soon have more information about that unsolicited direct message, judging by a new feature Facebook is currently trying out.”
Eye on the Arctic: Alaskan Inuit dialect added to Facebook’s Translate app. “Facebook added Inupiaq, an Alaskan Inuit dialect, as a language option thanks to a grassroots project started by an Alaskan man. Myles Creed is from the Inupiaq community of Kotzebue, Alaska. He’s a PhD student studying linguistics at the University of Victoria and is involved with Inupiaq language revitalization in Alaska.”
Coindesk: A New Facebook Messenger Malware Is Targeting Crypto Users. “A malicious Google Chrome extension known for its effectiveness has been revamped to target cryptocurrency exchanges, cybersecurity company Trend Micro reported this week. Dubbed FacexWorm, Trend Micro said in a blog post that the malicious extension’s capabilities ‘were made over’ to steal user credentials for Google, MyMonero, and Coinhive; in sum, it promotes a scam that dupes users into sending ether to the attacker’s wallet and drains a computer’s processing power to power clandestine cryptocurrency mining.”
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.”