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Facebook launches AI assistant in Messenger to all U.S. users with suggestions based on chats

Facebook today announced that M, its AI-powered personal assistant in the mobile Messenger app, is now available to everyone in the United States with a new suggestions feature. Suggestions from M appear when it recognizes intent in a conversation. Initially, M will suggest about half a dozen actions, including getting a ride via Lyft or Uber, paying or requesting money, sending stickers and more. M is launching today to all iOS and Android users in the U.S. and will eventually roll out to other countries.

Facebook is turning your friends who aren’t hip enough to use Stories into ghosts

Facebook last week rolled out a Snapchat-esque Stories feature to all users of its mobile app. So far, most users seem to be ignoring these glorified auto-vanishing slideshows so the company is introducing some visual tweaks, possibly in an effort to boost usage of the feature.

As first noticed by The Verge, friends who aren’t using Stories now appeared ghosted at the app’s top as a bit of encouragement for the new feature.

Facebook testing Explore feed which surfaces content you haven’t connected with yet

Facebook has been caught testing a new kind of feed on its mainland mobile app, designed to surface relevant posts from people and pages that you haven’t befriended or liked. According to Mashable and Wired, some users noticed a new rocket-shaped icon at the bottom of their News Feed. Tapping it displays content from an alternative News Feed.

Labeled Explore, it’s focused on posts, articles, photos, videos and other content from people, media organizations and pages you’re not following.

Facebook is currently testing this feature with a small subset of users and could pull it any time it wants. We’ll be making sure you’re among the first to know when, and if the new Explore tab launches to everybody.

Facebook adds Snapchat-style effects and auto vanishing Stories to its mainland app

As expected, Facebook on Tuesday announced that the camera feature in its mobile app for iPhone and iPad has been totally revamped with Snapchat-style filters and effects. Yes, they also added auto-vanishing Stories. Facebook’s already cloned these Snapchat-esque features on the Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger apps, all of which include similar creative tools for your photos and videos.

You can now save your Instagram live videos

Facebook-owned Instagram announced Monday that users can now save their own live-streamed Instagram videos to their iPhone. You can now tap Save in the upper-right corner of a finished live video to save the broadcast to the Photos library on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. The iPhone photography app will continue to remove live videos from the interface after you’ve watched them, but you can now hold onto any video to re-watch it later. These updates require Instagram 10.12, available free from App Store.

Facebook kicks off global rollout of Snapchat-like Stories feature in its mainland app

Facebook has infamously ripped off Snapchat’s Stories feature wholesale with auto-vanishing slideshows on Instagram and WhatsApp, in addition to the similar recently introduced feature on Messenger, called Messenger Day.  The social networking behemoth was recently caught testing Snapchat-like Stories feature in its mobile app. According to TechCrunch, the company has now begun a staggered rollout of Facebook Stories to all users worldwide.

Facebook Messenger now lets everyone post status updates that disappear after 24 hours

Facebook announced Thursday that a feature in its mobile Messenger app that allows people to post auto-disappearing photos and videos has now begun rolling out globally following a previous soft launch in select countries like Poland and Australia. They’re calling it Messenger Day because anything you post there disappears automatically after 24 hours, just like with Instagram Stories or those auto-vanishing status updates on WhatsApp.

You’re in full control of the scope of your Messenger Day and can choose to share it with everyone on the service, people you’re friends with or cherry-picked contacts.

Facebook is testing Reactions and all-new Dislike button in chats on Messenger

Some users of the mobile Facebook Messenger app have noticed that the empathetic Reaction emojis, which launched in the company’s mainland mobile app in February 2016, are now available to them inside the standalone messaging app, along with a brand now iMessage-like Dislike button that’s yet to launch in the main Facebook app.

Facebook’s confirmed this new feature to TechCrunch.

How to create self destructing status updates on WhatsApp

WhatsApp for iPhone supports sharing of photos, videos, animated GIFs and more via Snapchat Stories-like slideshows that automatically disappear after 24 hours. Media-rich statuses are all the rage these days so we’ve decided to put together a tutorial to get you up to speed.

You can adjust who is allowed to see your auto-vanishing statuses, reply to a status update, delete a status manually, mute statuses you don’t like and more.

In this step-by-step tutorial, we’ll tell you everything there’s to know about WhatsApp’s multimedia status updates.

Facebook’s AI identifies posts about self injury & users who’d livestream their suicide

Facebook today announced it had begun using artificial intelligence (AI) to identify people on its platform who may be at risk of committing suicide, offering them the option of speaking with a crisis helpline through its Messenger application.

Facebook’s AI algorithm works by spotting warning signs in users’ posts and the comments their friends leave in response. The new tool is being tested only in the US at present.

Facebook launches Video app for Apple TV

After previously announcing its ambitions to launch a video-focused app for the small screen, Facebook has officially released an application for Apple TV on Tuesday night.

After logging in via the Facebook app on your iPhone or via a dedicated web page, users are presented with a carousel of videos shared by some of the people and pages they follow, as well as some of the top live videos being currently watched.

Facebook in talks to live stream MLB games this season

Facebook is in talks with Major League Baseball to live stream games this season, reports Reuters. The deal would include at least one game per week, which could be accessed for free by users logged into the platform.

The move comes just a week after Facebook announced plans for a video-focused Apple TV app, as part of the social network’s efforts to push further into original programming—a strategy shared by several tech firms.