Facebook to also roll out new feature making it easier to talk to people you’re not friends with
NEW DELHI: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Wednesday the social media giant will shut down outdated tools that send its users notifications on games they have never played.
The top-voted question at Zuckerberg’s first-ever town hall Q&A session in India was ‘How can I stop getting Candy Crush invites?’
To this, the Facebook CEO responded, “I saw this top-voted question on my thread and sent a message to the person in charge of the developer platform to get rid of this issue. There are some tools that are outdated which let people send people invites. We hadn’t prioritised shutting it down, but we are doing it now.”
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Currently, the only way to avoid receiving notifications from Candy Crush on Facebook is to turn off notifications for all games. However, this hinders users’ ability to access other features of Facebook proving only to serve as a temporary solution.
Noting the stress laid on this issue, Zuckerberg, after consulting his team, claims he has decided to tackle the irritability of Facebook users with a solution that will be able to get rid of this feature.
According to Zuckerberg, “if this is the top thing people care about, then we’ll prioritise that and do it, and we’re doing it.”
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Facebook’s new feature makes it easier to speak to strangers
Facebook is set to launch a new feature for Messenger which will enable users to contact complete strangers, without even having their phone numbers.
The new feature called ‘Message Requests’ set to be rolled out over the next few days, will allow users to connect with anyone via the Facebook Messenger chat.
Previously, messages sent by unknown people who were not your friends (or were friends of friends) were deposited to the ‘other’ inbox, a separate section within the messages tab on the social network.
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As notifications for these messages did not pop up, they were easy to miss, however, with the new feature; this will no longer be the case.
With this new feature, Facebook has made message handling more efficient; allowing users to read the message and choose whether or not to respond without the sender knowing.
Announcing the new feature on Facebook, David Marcus, who heads Messenger at Facebook said, “Forget phone numbers! Today, we’re excited to start rolling out Message Requests for Messenger. Now, the only thing you need to talk to virtually anyone in the world is their name.”
“The rule is pretty simple: If you’re friends on Facebook, if you have each other’s contact info in your phone and have these synced, or if you have an existing open thread, the new messages from that sender will be routed to your inbox. Everything else will now be a message request, minus spam attempts that we will continue to ruthlessly combat,” Marcus went on to explain.
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Further, Marcus confirmed that Facebook is getting rid of the dated “Other Folder” which was only accessible via the Web, while calling the change ‘foundational’ and asserted that there’s more to come from the Messenger team in the coming months as they “continue to improve ways to find the people you want to communicate with.”
Facebook CEO is in India to hold a Townhall Q&A. Speaking to about 900 students at New Delhi’s Indian Institute of Technology, Zuckerberg said broadening Internet access was vital to economic development in a country where a billion people are still not online.
South Asia represents the largest number of Facebook users outside the US, making it an important market for Zuckerberg. For this reason, he decided to visit India to connect with users, answering questions related to the challenges he encountered while building Facebook, investing in artificial intelligence, and even his experience at the Taj Mahal. Young entrepreneurs heedfully listened to him as he shared his advice for start-ups and tech companies.