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New Delhi: Coming as a Christmas gift, Facebook has launched a new feature where people in the US can use Facebook Messenger to book a Uber cab and simultaneously alert their friends in a chat thread.

The new feature can be found by clicking on the car icon or finding “Transportation” in the “more” menu below where you write your messages on the social networking site, Tech Crunch reported on Thursday.

Either of those actions will open Uber’s “Request Ride” option where you can add your pick up location, destination and choose the car.

“We are just getting people used to the idea that you can message more than just people on Messenger,” Seth Rosenberg, Facebook product manager, was quoted as saying in a post.

Everyone who books a cab via Messenger “Transportation” would get a $20 Uber credit.

Earlier, WeChat, a messaging and calling app, allowed users to book cars in China.

Facebook, however, claims that their move was not inspired by WeChat.

“For us, we are more inspired by how we see our users using Messenger and we just saw the growing popularity of group chats and this is one of the best use cases of why Messenger’s so great,” Rosenberg added.

Meanwhile, Uber also plans to use Messenger as a test case for real-time customer service

“We will start testing live support through Messenger to find out if this is the best way to start using real-time support through this,” Rahul Bijor, Uber’s head of API and strategic partnerships, was quoted as saying.

The new feature would likely be available in the US by Christmas. (IANS), (image courtesy: Yahoo.com)

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Uber and Breakthrough Join Hands to Help End Gender-Based Violence

Uber, Breakthrough launch campaign over gender violence

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Uber has announced a partnership with Breakthrough, a non-profit organisation to help end gender-based violence across the country. Pixabay

Ride-hailing major Uber has announced a partnership with Breakthrough, a non-profit organisation to help end gender-based violence across the country.

As part of the collaboration, Breakthrough– which works to reduce violence against women and girls in India, has launched a campaign –#IgnoreNoMore, which encourages bystander intervention and supports collective action to end gender-based violence in public spaces.

The campaign seeks to encourage bystander intervention and collective action to end gender-based violence in public spaces.

“#IgnoreNoMore is designed to drive awareness, inspire action and encourage more Indians to say “no more” to gender-based violence and bystander apathy,” said Sohini Bhattacharya, President and CEO, Breakthrough.

“The campaign will push people to understand their own role as changemakers for building safer public spaces. We are pleased that Uber is committed to becoming an industry leader on this issue,” Bhattacharya added.

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Uber has also brought its global “Driving Change” campaign to India. Wikimedia Commons

Crimes against women and girls, especially in public spaces, have seen a steady rise in recent years, the NGO said. The #IgnoreNoMore campaign aims to raise awareness on how bystanders can become agents of change rather than just spectators.

The approach will empower bystanders to recognise unhealthy and problematic behaviour and intervene before abuse or assault takes place. The Uber has also brought its global “Driving Change” campaign to India.

“Sexual assault and gender-based violence don’t belong anywhere in our communities. Helping keep people safe is a huge responsibility and one we do not take lightly,” said Pavan Vaish, Head of Central Operations, India, Uber.

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“We’re committing major funding for awareness and prevention programmes with members of courageous, thought-leading organizations like Breakthrough and we will continue to seek advice from them on how we can do more to prevent violence and to help keep women safe,” Vaish added. (IANS)