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Facebook launches WhatsApp digital payments service

WhatsApp Pay allows users to send money to one another for free. WhatsApp launched its digital payments service in Brazil while the messaging app capitalizes on its popularity in emerging markets. The move comes as the parent company Facebook forges ahead with plans to capitalize on emerging markets and bring e-commerce to its platforms, launching […]

What is Messenger Kids? Facebook launches video chat and messaging app in Africa

Facebook’s Messenger Kids app is now available in 20 countries across the Middle East and Africa, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Available to download from the Apple App and Google Play Stores, Messenger Kids has been designed for children between the ages of 6 to 12 years, with the app including two new features […]

Facebook shares soars by 12% after introducing mobile ad sales

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook shares shot up 12% after the giant social network said it earned 79 cents a share on revenue of $5.84 billion in the fourth quarter, easily topping Wall Street estimates. Facebook’s dominance in mobile advertising helped to allay Wall Street concerns over its heavy investments in messaging service WhatsApp and virtual reality unit Oculus, […]

Facebook Launches Africa Internet.org Innovation Challenge

Facebook has launched the Internet.org Innovation Challenge in Africa. According to the social media company,  this is with the aim of recognising developers and entrepreneurs who are using the internet to improve the standard of education and economic health in their communities. Developers across Africa are invited to enter the challenge. Prizes Facebook has prepared to present […]

Facebook launches live broadcasting to select non-verified U.S. users

For nearly the past four months, Facebook has had a live-streaming service that’s sought to rival what Periscope, Ustream, or YouTube offer. But the service has been limited to celebrities and those with verified profiles. Now, the social networking company has revealed that it’s testing its live video offering with more people. Facebook hasn’t given a time […]

Facebook now hits 1 billion daily active users

Facebook’s growth shows signs of rising daily. Facebook has announced that it has over one billion users on average using it everyday. In August it announced it had passed a milestone of having one billion users on the site in a single day. By the next month that was the average. That’s a year-over-year increase […]

Facebook to Use Israeli AMOS-6 satellite to Beam Internet to Africa

Social media giant Facebook will help communities living in remote regions in Africa, in the sub-Saharan region access fast internet connectivity using an Israeli satellite. Announcing the new development, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said he was partnering with Eutelsat, a European satellite operator, to connect millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa with internet. Satellite networks […]

Airtel looks to expand Facebook’s free Internet footprint in Africa

Even as Net neutrality continues to kick up much dust, a top official of internet.org — Facebook’s free mobile Internet service — has said Airtel is planning to roll it out in more African countries next month, reports Business-Standard “We have a strong partnership with Airtel and we continue to roll out internet.org with Airtel […]

Facebook adds ‘Donate Now’ button to aid charity giving

Today, Facebook for Business announced in a post that it has added “Donate Now” as a call-to-action button available for Brand Pages. These buttons can now appear right on a Facebook Brand Page, or directly within an ad on the site. “Now, it’s easier than ever for nonprofits to connect with people who care about […]

Will Facebook’s Messenger Cannibalize WhatsApp. App downloads surpassed!

A latest Facebook Messenger update that allows it to be used even by those who don’t have a Facebook account, has made the Messenger have an extra feature much like WhatsApp. The latest development is intended to increase user engagement, while the Messenger now competes with other rival applications such as WhatsApp, which, interestingly, is […]