Facebook’s AI crosses language barrier to assist in Spanish

 Any technology that only works in English neglects 75% of the world. That problem is especially severe for Facebook with its global userbase. Yet most languages are being left out by the advances in artificial intelligence centered around natural language processing led by researchers in the U.S. and China. But today marks a milestone for […]

Facebook sidesteps Snapchat by launching Messenger Lite in 150 more countries

 Facebook is aggressively pursuing the international and developing world markets Snapchat hasn’t prioritized. Facebook Lite recently hit 200 million users, and Instagram just rolled out offline mode for Android. Now after launching Messenger Lite for Android in 5 countries in October, it’s expanding to 150 more including Vietnam, Nigeria, Peru, Turkey, Germany, Japan, and the… […]

Facebook Messenger launches group bots and bot discovery tab

 Facebook today launched two powerful ways for people to find Messenger bots to use, addressing the discovery problem that’s plagued bot the platform’s 100,000 developers. Facebook’s new Chat Extensions lets you use Messenger bots in group chats so you can watch a sports game’s play-by-play together from TheScore’s news ticker bot, collaborate on building a… […]

How Facebook Messenger evolved into a chat camera

A picture is worth a thousand words… that no one wants to type on a tiny screen. And even if you did mash in all that text, it’d still lose the subtleties of sarcasm or sincerity. To express the full range of emotion, messaging apps must put us face-to-face despite our distance. “We like to […]