It has been a few years since Facebook made a standalone Messenger app, which, at the time, was a pretty controversial decision, but it seems to have worked out in the end.
Stories are a huge part of the Instagram experience these days, so the company continues to tweak and expand upon the idea to keep users coming back.
Facebook has just taken the wraps off Messenger Kids, an instant messaging application meant for children. It’s launching as a preview today in the U.S., and is only available on iOS as of now, with Android users getting it later this month. The premise of this app is pretty simple – allowing kids to communicate with their friends while giving parents all the necessary controls.
Almost exactly one year ago to the date, Facebook launched an app called “Events,” which was designed to give you a preview of events happening in your neck-of-the-woods.
Facebook’s peer-to-peer payments service is coming to the UK in the next few weeks, the social media giant said. The feature is currently limited to customers in the U.S., and this will be the first time Facebook is making it available outside the region. This could pave the way for more regions to get it in the coming months.
Facebook has announced the arrival of a bunch of Halloween themed camera effects, posts, as well as an interactive game which requires users to jump out of a virtual haunted house. Facebook Live videos will also get some custom Halloween effects to spice up the holiday. The social networking giant is not new to holiday themed updates, especially for a widely celebrated holiday like Halloween.
It has never been a secret that Facebook wants you to stick around longer, even if you already spend an inordinate amount of time visiting the social network.
Facebook Messenger has supported sending money for a bit of time now, with group payments getting support earlier this year.
Facebook has a plan to let publishers put a paywall around Instant Articles, but it looks like that sort of option won’t be available on iOS right away.