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How Uber Can Protect Consumer Privacy

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Facebook Preps Digital Assistant to Help Messenger Users Shop

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2015 Copa América Chile: 309 Million Facebook Interactions from 59 Million Users

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Some 59 million Facebook users generated about 309 million posts, comments and likes during 2015 Copa América Chile, which ran from June 11 through July 4.

The totals from Facebook are from the time period spanning June 1 through July 4.

Chile, the host country, emerged victorious for the first time ever.

Felipe Kozlowski, who handles sports partnerships in Latin America for Facebook, detailed some of the social network’s initiatives related to the soccer tournament in a Facebook Media blog post:

Fans were able to cast their votes and predict the winners for the Copa América Awards on the Copa América Facebook page. The winner of the best young player award was based on Facebook votes, while many also used the polling feature to predict who would win the top scorer, best goalkeeper and fair play awards. Sideline advertisements for the awards ran at every match since the quarterfinals, encouraging fans in the stadium to vote on Facebook.

Facebook worked with the main right holders to integrate Facebook posts, data and application-programming interfaces into their broadcasts. For example, Teletrece in Chile used the hashtag counter API and integrated Facebook data into multiple segments:

In Argentina, TV Pública also highlighted Facebook stats, player posts and more throughout its coverage of the Copa.

Fans also chatted about the Copa America on Messenger, and many used the sticker pack we released for the Copa. As of July 2, 15 million people had downloaded the stickers.


Readers: Did you interact on Facebook during 2015 Copa América Chile?


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Facebook Messenger Users: Brace Yourselves for More Animated GIFs

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Facebook is testing two ways to make it easier for users of its Messenger applications to share animated GIF files.

TechCrunch reported that some Messenger users are seeing dedicated GIF buttons in their apps, streamlining the process of adding GIF files by eliminating the need to download and install third-party apps.

According to TechCrunch, clicking the GIF button brings users to a list of trending GIF files from Messenger Platform developers Giphy and Riffsy.

When users send GIFs from that list to their friends, they include links to download Giphy for Messenger or Riffsy’s GIF for Messenger.


TechCrunch pointed out that users are limited to GIFs from those two developers, which is where the new search feature discovered by Mashable comes into play.

According to Mashable, the new search feature, being tested with a “small group” of Messenger users in Canada, is also limited to Giphy and Riffsy for now, but it also includes access to Messenger’s collection of stickers, giving users more options.


A Facebook spokesperson told Mashable that more developers will eventually join Giphy and Riffsy, giving users more GIF options, adding:

We think Messenger is the best way to express yourself, but we’re constantly thinking of ways to improve. Messenger already offers people ways to send just the right sticker (through sticker search) and the perfect GIF (through Messenger Platform apps). This feature brings each of these offerings one step closer and makes it easier than ever to say anything better.

A similar quote was provided to TechCrunch:

GIFs have seen success as a rich media format within Messenger. With this feature, we’re testing various ways to make it even easier to send great content—like GIFs—with just a few taps.

Readers: Are you ready to start seeing more GIF files within Messenger?

Screenshot of GIF button courtesy of TechCrunch. Screenshot of new search feature courtesy of Mashable.

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Facebook Tests Features That Make Sharing GIFs In Messenger Easier Than Ever

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Access Messenger Without Facebook Account

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A Facebook account is no longer necessary to use its Messenger applications, at least in North America and a select few countries.

Facebook vice president of messaging David Marcus revealed the news in a Facebook post Wednesday:

Now everyone can benefit from Messenger’s enhanced messaging experience, even without a Facebook account. Available in North America and a select few countries starting today, and more soon. Tell your last non-Facebook friends to try it, so you can finally message everyone on Messenger!

Those countries, according to a Newsroom post by software engineer Louis Boval, are the U.S., Canada, Peru and Venezuela. Boval also described how the process works:

On the Messenger welcome screen, you will now see an option that says “Not on Facebook?” From there, you can sign up with your name, phone number and a photo.

Readers: How many friends without Facebook accounts do you have?


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Top Markets by Percentage for WhatsApp, Snapchat, WeChat (Infographic)

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WhatsApp is to South Africa as Snapchat is to Ireland as WeChat is to China.

GlobalWebIndex determined the top markets for those three messaging applications, in terms of percentage of usage by online adults.

GWI said in an email to SocialTimes:

A service like WhatsApp is typical of the 15 or so chat apps we track globally in that fast-growth nations that tend to dominate the top 10. South Africa posts the highest figure of all, an impressive 68 percent, but Malaysia, India and Mexico are not far behind. That’s a result of online populations in these countries being skewed towards young, urban and affluent demographics, which are at the very forefront of smartphone usage.

Snapchat is something of an exception to the prevailing geographic pattern, though, with mature Internet markets accounting for the majority of the top 10. Usage among teens is also much higher than these overall adoption figures.

Elsewhere, the success of WeChat in the Asia-Pacific region is typical of this being the region where Facebook’s two messaging apps face their biggest challenge. In fact, Line is tops in Japan, Taiwan and Thailand; BBM is wildly popular in Indonesia; Kakao Talk leads in South Korea; Zalo is significant in Vietnam; and WeChat has the Chinese market sewn up. All this makes it pretty clear that APAC is the region yet to fully succumb to WhatsApp and Messenger.


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Facebook’s Messenger Platform Gets Its First Game

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Facebook Messenger Surpasses 1 Billion Android Downloads

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Facebook vice president of messaging David Marcus announced a significant milestone for the social network’s Messenger application for Android: 1 billion downloads.

Marcus shared the image to the right from the Google Play store, with Messenger boasting the 1 billion downloads badge, and he wrote in a Facebook post:

Happy to make it to the very exclusive Android 1 billion+ downloads club.

The Messenger team has been busy of late, with new features including:

Android users: Are you one of the 1 billion-plus who have installed Messenger on your devices?

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Facebook Messenger Users Can Now Send Maps to Share Locations

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Why type out directions to your friends on Facebook Messenger when you can just send a map?

The social network introduced a new, “completely optional” way for Messenger users to share their locations with their friends, allowing them to send maps as separate messages.

Head of product for Messenger Stan Chudnovsky introduced the new feature in a Newsroom post:

Over the past few months, we’ve been working on a brand new way to send a location as part of a conversation in Messenger. Today, we’re excited to start rolling it out in place of our previous location-sharing feature. Now you can choose to explicitly send a map of your location or another particular place as a separate message.

To get started, just tap the more icon or the location pin at the bottom of your screen. If you want to tell a friend which restaurant to meet you at, search for the restaurant and send a map of where it is. If you’re running late, send a map of where you are to your friend to let him or her know how far away you are.

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Chudnovsky also stressed that users’ privacy will not be compromised by the new feature, adding:

With this update, you have full control over when and how you share your location information. You only send a location when you tap on the location pin and then choose to send it as a separate message. You can also share a location—like a meeting spot—even if you’re not there.

Sending a location is completely optional. Nothing is changing about how we receive your location information.

As always, Messenger doesn’t get any location information from your device unless you enable location services for the app.

Messenger does not get location information from your device in the background—only each time you select a location and tap send when you use the Messenger app. We are not requesting any new permissions for your information.

And Chudnovsky hinted at a potential linkup with ride-sharing service Uber in an interview with Josh Constine of TechCrunch, saying:

You might want to make reservations. How are we all getting there? Maybe there’s a transportation service somehow. I didn’t say that (Facebook would build on Uber’s application-programming interface), but that doesn’t mean I don’t like what you’re saying.

Kurt Wagner of Re/code also got some color from Chudnovsky about potential inspirations for the feature:

We definitely are very excited about everything that’s going on in Asia when it comes to messaging. There are tons of awesome experiences that companies like WeChat or Kakao or Line are enabling, and we are big fans of that.

Readers: What do you think of the new feature for Messenger?

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