Published: Tue, April 10, 2018
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Facebook Messenger Adds 360-Degree Photo Sharing

Facebook Messenger Adds 360-Degree Photo Sharing

Facebook, however, has insisted its monitoring software is used across the whole platform, not just Messenger, to ensure content abides by "community standards", and that they are not scanning messages for the goal of targeted advertising.

The company confirmed the practice after an interview published earlier this week with Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg raised questions about Messenger's practices and privacy.

Those reassurances may fall short for many users, however, who believe it is uncanny to say the least that they may search for a particular pair of shoes one minute only to find advertising for them appearing on their Facebook page the next.

Facebook is now inviting users to send 360-degree photos in Messenger.

These automatic systems are created to detect such abusive content and stop it from spreading through its platform, not keep track of users' private messages and conversations.

"In that case, our systems detect what's going on", Zuckerberg said. At the time, Zuckerberg said that Facebook can detect when people attempt to send inappropriate messages through Messenger. It also allows users to report chats that may violate community standards.

"Facebook designed these automated tools so we can rapidly stop abusive behaviour on our platform".

In the latest version of the Messenger app, users can choose to snap a 360-degree photo with the panorama function on their phones, or via a third-party app.

Messenger used to be part of Facebook's main service, before it was spun off into a separate application in 2014. Messenger also has an encrypted option, but users have to turn it on.

Facebook is rolling out new features today to what are arguably its most important products: the News Feed and Messenger.

Facebook is on the defensive after revelations that private information from about 50 million users wound up in the hands of political ad-data firm Cambridge Analytica without their consent.

"In this particular instance, a number of people reported receiving these messages which prompted us to begin investigating", a spokesperson said.

"[There are] many misperceptions about what we actually do", he said.

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