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.
“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.
Embroiled in massive data scandals amid losing stock and market cap, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has reportedly spoken to Microsoft President Brad Smith exploring the possibility of him joining the social networking platform and bring it back to glory.
According to a report in The Information on Monday, Zuckerberg spoke directly to Smith on how to build trust at Facebook.
“While the conversation didn’t involve a formal job offer, Mr. Smith still felt compelled to let Mr. Zuckerberg know he was happy at Microsoft and had no desire to leave,” the report said, quoting a person familiar with the talks.
According to the report, Mark Zuckerberg usually seeks advice from billionaire Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates.
Another report from Wall Street Journal claimed last month that Gates suggested to Zuckerberg that Facebook consider hiring someone with a profile like that of Smith who can tackle regulators and lawmakers around the world — gunning for Facebook over frequent users’ data breaches and a recent expose of internal emails.
Facebook and Microsoft were yet to comment on the reports.
A New York Times investigation last month suggested that the social network under Chief Operating Officer (COO) Sheryl Sandberg hired a Republican-owned political consulting and PR firm that “dug up dirt on its competitors” including Soros.
Reacting to the report, Mark Zuckerberg and Sandberg denied they had any prior knowledge about this firm.
Later, Facebook’s outgoing Head of Communications and Policy Elliot Schrage took the full responsibility for hiring the political consulting and PR firm Definers Public Affairs.
Facebook has also lost the tag of best place to work in the US.
According to the leading job website Glassdoor’s annual “100 Best Places to Work in the US” list, Facebook is now ranked No 7 — scoring 4.5 out of a perfect 5.
The Glassdoor list came at a time when media reports said several Facebook employees are looking for better opportunities as scrutiny of the company’s conduct rises following several cases of data leak and as its stock price takes a beating.
A recent CNBC report claimed that Facebook employees were contacting former colleagues to look for jobs outside the company. (IANS)