You may have though that you had permanently muted that pedantic, annoying former "friend" on Facebook by hitting the "block" button, but as it turns out, a bug in the social network had other plans for your online relationship.
Facebook has announced a few new features for Facebook Messenger, including the ability for businesses to show off their new products through augmented reality in Messenger. On top of that, Facebook is updating its digital assistant, M.
In an interview with Vox, Mark Zuckerberg noted that Facebook's system is capable of detecting "what's going on" in the Messenger app. Bloomberg later clarified that Messenger in fact scans users' messages.
Now you can share that immersive scene with just your closest friend. Messenger now supports 360 photos, including both smartphone shots and files from a 360 camera. The update comes with a bump up in video resolution to 720p.
When one mom needed 911 but didn't have a phone -- she used Facebook Messenger. The odd rescue story along with a YouTube moderation mishap and new guidelines for removing illegal content are in this week's Social Feed.
What's new on your favorite networks? Messenger group calls are now easier to start, Instagram has new privacy options for photos in Direct, and Twitter updated policies on self-harm. It's this week's Social Feed.
Facebook M, a beta of a personal assistant program, is shutting down this month. While the tool never launched publically, it inspired new features such as M suggestions, a tool that will stick around.
Turn yourself into a reindeer, send a digital card or go live with your New Year's countdown using new options from Facebook. The list of features also includes a first for Memories focused on friends' holiday snapshots.
Facebook is celebrating a year of Instant Games with some new features, including live-streaming and, starting next year, video chats. New games are coming, too, including special versions of Angry Birds and Sonic Jump.
Facebook Messenger will no longer downsize photos to 2K with new 4K resolution support that allows friends to share more detailed photos. PayPal's Messenger extension also sees a new ability to send invoices in-app.
Direct a character out of a haunted house in Facebook Camera's new game -- oh, and that character will be wearing your face. Facebook is also adding Halloween-themed AR masks, frames, and even status update backgrounds.
Facebook rolled out M, its personal assistant, around the U.S. and Mexico. The artificially intelligent assistant can help you with things like booking Uber rides and finding a restaurant. Here's everything M can do so far.
An update to Facebook Messenger makes the app better at recommending great chatbots to users. Now you'll be able to browse bots by businesses you've recently visited, by category, and by bots you've recently used.
The Facebook family is finally coming together. The popular social media platform, along with its messaging arm Messenger and its photo sharing arm Instagram, is testing a feature that will show users notification counters from all 3 apps.
Facebook Messenger is growing. After reporting last year that it had 1 billion users, it's now up to a massive 1.2 billion. Facebook attributes that growth to new launches like Facebook Messenger Lite.