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Facebook working on personal assistant ‘M’

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New Delhi: Social networking giant Facebook on Thursday said it had started to test a new service called ‘M’ which is a digital personal assistant inside the messenger app. “Today we’re beginning to test a new service called M. M is a personal digital assistant inside of messenger that completes tasks and finds information on your behalf,” the company wrote in a blog post.

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“It’s powered by artificial intelligence that’s trained and supervised by people. Unlike other AI-based services in the market, M can actually complete tasks on your behalf. It can purchase items, get gifts delivered to your loved ones, book restaurants, travel arrangements, appointments and way more,” it added. The addition of M in the market will add to the existing kitty of personal assistants which include Cortana from Microsoft, Siri from Apple and Google Now from the internet giant’s stable.
“This is early in the journey to build M into an at-scale service. But it’s an exciting step towards enabling people on messenger to get things done across a variety of things, so they can get more time to focus on what’s important in their lives,” the company said.

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Facebook Again in Controversy For Search Function Suggesting Friends’ Bikini-clad Photos

Twitter users also noted how Facebook’s search bar automatically suggested photographs of female friends in bikini

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Facebook has again courted controversy with a search function that allows users to scout for photographs of female, but not male friends, the media reported.

The feature was spotted by Belgian security researcher Inti De Ceukelaire, whose findings led to revelations that Facebook prompts users to search for photographs of female friends in bikini, The Independent said on Friday.

The tech giant originally called it a ‘bug’, only to issue a clarification later to explain that it is not a glitch but simply how the search feature works. A Facebook spokesperson said it is working to fix the issue.

“Facebook has modified its creepy hidden search feature this weekend,” Ceukelaire tweeted earlier this week.

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This photograph taken on May 16, 2018, shows a figurine standing in front of the logo of social network Facebook on a cracked screen of a smartphone in Paris. VOA

“You can no longer retrieve hidden photographs of your male friends. Women can/may still be stalked. Even more, when you request photographs from your male friends, Facebook assumes you wanted to see pictures of women,” Ceukelaire added.

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His tweets prompted responses that Facebook is “sexist” due to the way its internal search feature functions.

Twitter users also noted how Facebook’s search bar automatically suggested photographs of female friends in bikini. (IANS)