Facebook Messenger’s Latest Feature Is The Most Invasive Yet

2016-10-18 00:44:16Z
Zoe Pana
Zoe Pana

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Facebook Messenger has introduced ‘Conversation Topics’ and we don’t know what to think. 

It’s no secret that Facebook is hella freaky when it comes to privacy. You google 'drum kits on sale’ one time and then suddenly your newsfeed in flooded with ads for drum kits. 

More recently, the Facebook Messenger app has introduced features which suggest you add an event to your calendar when chatting about future plans with your friends.  

Now, things have been taken to another level. 

TechCrunch has reported that Facebook is testing out ‘Conversation Topics’ which gives users suggestions on what to talk about based on activities you have recently done. 

"These conversation starters appear to rely on Messenger’s connection to Facebook’s larger social network, as they reference things your friends have done lately – like where they’ve been, or events they plan to attend, for example. 

" … In other cases, the suggested topics might include things like the songs the friend just listened to on a music streaming service, or an event they’ve indicated they’ve said they’re interested via Facebook Events."


It’s a little concerning that we would need the help of a computer to strike up a conversation with our friends (haven’t we learnt anything from movies?) but hey, maybe we will all love it?  

The feature has been described as both clever and creepy. What are your thoughts? Let us know in our Facebook comments! 



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