CNET: Facebook test brings voice and video calling back to main app

CNET: Facebook test brings voice and video calling back to main app. “Facebook is bringing voice and video calling back to its main mobile app, according to a Monday report from Bloomberg. The features have been absent from the main mobile app since 2014, when Facebook moved them into its separate Messenger app. The features reportedly began appearing for some users on Monday as part of a test.”

TechCrunch: Facebook is bringing end-to-end encryption to Messenger calls and Instagram DMs

TechCrunch: Facebook is bringing end-to-end encryption to Messenger calls and Instagram DMs. “End-to-end encryption (E2EE) — a security feature that prevents third-parties from eavesdropping on calls and chats — has been available for text conversations on Facebook’s flagship messaging service since 2016. Although the company has faced pressure from governments to roll back its end-to-end encryption plans, Facebook is now extending this protection to both voice and video calls on Messenger, which means that ‘nobody else, including Facebook, can see or listen to what’s sent or said.’”

MakeUseOf: How to Use Facebook’s New Soundmojis on Messenger

MakeUseOf: How to Use Facebook’s New Soundmojis on Messenger. “There are different ways of expressing yourself on Facebook Messenger. You can call, via audio or video, sent plain text messages, audio messages, or even use emojis, GIFs, and stickers to convey a message. In addition to that, you can also now use Soundmojis—emojis with sound—which makes chatting even better. This article will explain what Soundmojis are, how Soundmojis work, and how to use them in Facebook Messenger.”

The Next Web: Facebook patches a Messenger bug that allowed others to snoop on your calls

The Next Web: Facebook patches a Messenger bug that allowed others to snoop on your calls. “The bug was found by Google Project Zero researcher Natalie Silvanovich last month, and it affected Messenger‘s Android users. To start the attack, the hacker would have to initiate a call and send a specially crafted invisible message. Then they could listen to your audio, even if you don’t pick up the call.”

Neowin: Facebook Messenger now lets you send disappearing chats with Snapchat-inspired feature

Neowin: Facebook Messenger now lets you send disappearing chats with Snapchat-inspired feature. “The new capability was first unveiled in September when Facebook introduced cross-platform messaging for Messenger and Instagram. It’s designed to let you send disappearing texts, images, emoji, and stickers when these are viewed by the recipient or when you close a chat window.”

How to Use Facebook’s Messenger Rooms: A Beginner’s Guide (MakeUseOf)

MakeUseOf: How to Use Facebook’s Messenger Rooms: A Beginner’s Guide. “You probably use Facebook and Facebook Messenger on a daily basis, but you may not yet have tried its built-in Messenger Rooms feature. If you don’t know, Messenger Rooms are Facebook’s take on video-calling, and the feature is incredibly easy to use. Ready to hop on a video call? Here’s how to get started using Facebook’s Messenger Rooms.”

Neowin: Facebook enables live streaming from Messenger Rooms

Neowin: Facebook enables live streaming from Messenger Rooms. “Earlier this year, Facebook introduced Messenger Rooms, a feature that allows up to 50 people to meet up online in a video conference. The tool is meant as a rival for platforms like Zoom, which saw a significant boom in popularity due to the global pandemic this year. The feature has been brought into Facebook’s multiple products, including Facebook proper, Messenger, and WhatsApp, but today, the company is adding Facebook Live integration as well.”

PC Magazine: How to Use Facebook Messenger Rooms for Group Video Chats

PC Magazine: How to Use Facebook Messenger Rooms for Group Video Chats. “With Facebook Messenger Rooms, you can create a virtual room where people can come by and spend time with you on video. Your room can stay up all the time, or you can open it for specific occasions like a happy hour, game night, or birthday party. Open the room to all your Facebook friends or just invite specific people. Messenger Rooms works on the Facebook and Messenger websites or app. Unfortunately, only Chrome and Edge web browsers are supported.”

Chatbot Strategy: How to Improve Your Marketing With Bots (Social Media Examiner)

Social Media Examiner: Chatbot Strategy: How to Improve Your Marketing With Bots. “Wondering if your business should start using chatbots? Looking for tips on what chatbots can do and how to set them up? To explore how to improve your marketing with bots, I interview Natasha Takahashi on the Social Media Marketing Podcast. Natasha is a chat marketing expert and co-founder of School of Bots, the leading training site for creating profitable chatbots. She’s also host of the 10 Minute Chatbot Marketer podcast. You’ll discover six ways to use bots in your Facebook marketing and find tips for developing a chatbot strategy. You’ll also learn uses for chatbots outside of Facebook Messenger.” Podcast with extensive article.

Ubergizmo: Facebook Messenger Will Now Start Warning Users About Scams And Impersonations

Ubergizmo: Facebook Messenger Will Now Start Warning Users About Scams And Impersonations. “For example when receiving a message from a stranger, Messenger will show you a warning that offers some advice, like refusing requests to send money. For instances where an account that has been created to look like someone you know, Messenger will also warn users that this account appears to be similar to someone you know and that the person you’re chatting with might not actually be your friend.”