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Facebook Messenger Witnesses 70% increase in Group Video Calls

Participants will receive unique access to Messenger tools and content as well as educational materials from Facebook to support their innovation

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said it is also starting an online hackathon and inviting developers to build messaging solutions that address issues related to the coronavirus such as social distancing and access to accurate information. Pixabay

Seventy per cent more people are using group video calls and are spending more time than usual watching Facebook and Instagram Live amid the new coronavirus pandemic.

At the end of last week, 70 per cent more people participated in group video calls using Facebook Messenger week-over-week, and the amount time spent on those group video calls has doubled globally.

Similarly, voice and video calls on WhatsApp have more than doubled year-over-year in the places most impacted by the virus, CNET reported on Monday.

Today we’re announcing two initiatives to help government health organizations in their response to the coronavirus outbreak using Messenger.

Facebook on Monday announced it will help government health organizations and UN health agencies connect with its developer partners who will help them use Messenger most effectively to scale their response to COVID-19.

“Our developer partners will provide their services for free, showing these critical organizations how to use Messenger to share timely information with local communities and speed up their replies to commonly asked questions with tools like automated responses,” said the social networking giant.

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Seventy per cent more people are using group video calls and are spending more time than usual watching Facebook and Instagram Live amid the new coronavirus pandemic. Pixabay

The company said it is also starting an online hackathon and inviting developers to build messaging solutions that address issues related to the coronavirus such as social distancing and access to accurate information.

Participants will receive unique access to Messenger tools and content as well as educational materials from Facebook to support their innovation.

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“The winners will get mentoring from Facebook engineers to help make their idea a reality,” said Facebook. (IANS)

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Facebook, Instagram Goes Down For PC and Desktop Users in UK

On WhatsApp, the users reported problems were with sending or receiving messages, followed by connection issues

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"Desktop browser Facebook been slow for a few days & now won't load pages or login ... mobile version works fine!" says one user. Pixabay

Facebook and Instagram went down for the PC and desktop users in the UK on Sunday evening although mobile access was in perfect shape.

Several users took to Twitter, saying they could not access the social networking platform as well as its photo-sharing app on desktops. Both the platforms were up after couple of hours of downtime, reports outage tracking website Downdetector.

Several people replied to DownDetector UK’s official account to report which areas Facebook was down in. “Facebook is having issues since 5:24 PM BST. RT if it’s down for you as well #Facebookdown,” posted DownDetector.

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“Desktop browser Facebook been slow for a few days & now won’t load pages or login … mobile version works fine!” replied one user. The social media giant was yet to update its users why this happened.

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Facebook and Instagram went down for the PC and desktop users in the UK on Sunday evening although mobile access was in perfect shape. Pixabay

“I can still access it on my mobile but not on my PC, even though both going through the same router,” tweeted one user. On April 2, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp went down for millions of users in North and South America and Europe.

The frequently reported problems on Facebook were with images, according to Downdetector. Some people also had issues with News Feed and logging in. On Instagram, the majority of issues were with News Feed.

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On WhatsApp, the users reported problems were with sending or receiving messages, followed by connection issues. (IANS)