M Suggestions in Messenger, New Facebook Tools to Stop Fake News and Revenge Porn Launches

M Suggestions make Messenger experience more useful. New tools to stop fake news and intimate images from sharing on Facebook.

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M powered by artificial intelligence is a helpful assistant that offers suggestions by popping into an open conversation inside Messenger to suggest relevant content and capabilities is available to everyone in the US as on Thursday.

To experience M, simply chat with a friend or a group as you would normally, M will popup to any of the following listed core actions, and then a M logo along with suggestion will appear. If a suggestion isn't helpful, you can always ignore or dismiss the suggestion. Or, simply mute M's assistance in the M settings.

The M appear when it recognizes intent in a conversation and initially will include the following actions:

  • Sending stickers: M shares fun sticker suggestions for your daily life interactions like "Thank you" or "Bye-bye."
  • Paying or requesting money: M recognizes when people are discussing payments and gives them the option of easily sending or requesting money.
  • Sharing your location: M can suggest an option to share your location during a conversation.
  • Making plans: If people are talking about getting together, M helps coordinating a plan.
  • Starting a poll (in group conversations only): Have a hard time making decisions in a group? M lets you set a poll topic and vote in group conversations.
  • Getting a Ride: Talking about going somewhere? M suggests "Get A Ride" and shares an option of Lyft or Uber.
M Suggestion in Messenger M Suggestions in Facebook Messgers

In addition, a redesigned message composer in Messenger is rolling out across the globe, now offers an easier way to access and discover Messenger features like rich visual messaging tools and the ability to quickly share content like video and images directly from the text composer with a long press.

Additionally, a "More" tab for an easy access to Messenger features such as Games, Payments, Share Location and Rides is also added.

M launches today in the US to all iOS and Android users, and will eventually roll out to other countries.

See Suggestions from M in action in the video below:

Facebook also launched new educational tool to help people spot misinformation and false news. The new tool is located at the top of News Feed for a few days in 14 countries.

Facebook says it has worked on this tool in consultation with First Draft, with a focus on three key areas:

  • "disrupting economic incentives because most false news is financially motivated;
  • building new products to curb the spread of false news; and
  • helping people make more informed decisions when they encounter false news."

When the educational tool is clicked, Facebook Help Center will launch and dispaly information and resources including tips on how to spot false news, such as checking the URL of the site, investigating the source and looking for other reports on the topic, facebook said.

Facebook Educational Tool in News Feed

Using Technology to Protect Intimate Images and Help Build a Safe Community

  • New tools to help people report on the "revenge porn" to Facebook, so they can prevent them from being shared on Facebook, Messenger and Instagram are launched.

    "revenge porn" is referred to content that include intimate images shared on Facebook without permission.

    Here's how it works, according to Facebook:

    • If you see an intimate image on Facebook that looks like it was shared without permission, you can report it by using the "Report" link that appears when you tap on the downward arrow or "…" next to a post.
    • Specially trained representatives from our Community Operations team review the image and remove it if it violates our Community Standards. In most cases, we will also disable the account for sharing intimate images without permission. We offer an appeals process if someone believes an image was taken down in error.
    • We then use photo-matching technologies to help thwart further attempts to share the image on Facebook, Messenger and Instagram. If someone tries to share the image after it's been reported and removed, we will alert them that it violates our policies and that we have stopped their attempt to share it.
    • We also partner with safety organizations to offer resources and support to the victims of this behavior.

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