Text Message Lawsuit Against Yahoo Hits Class Action Status
A Chicago judge on Monday said Yahoo must face a class action lawsuit for sending unsolicited text messages to Sprint customers in 2013. The company was sued by customers who felt automated "welcome" messages tied to Yahoo Messenger amounted to unwanted advertising and violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. The judge says customers — of which there may be as many as 500,000 — may sue as a group because their complaints are similar enough. Yahoo did not comment on the development. In other Yahoo news, the company shuttered its Yahoo Screen app and service, which focused on delivering video content to mobile devices and web users. The various video programs that participated in Yahoo Screen have been disseminated to other Yahoo properties.
Yahoo Bakes Flickr and Tumblr Into New Messenger App
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Facebook Messenger Takes a Shot at Snapchat with 'Days'
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Facebook Messenger Brings SMS Back to Android App
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Facebook today said Facebook Messenger users will once again be able to send SMS messages — as long as they're running Android. Essentially, Android users can set Messenger as the default SMS app, which will route all SMS messages and conversations through Messenger rather than any other SMS apps that may be installed on the device.
Facebook Says Parents Can Trust Its 'Messenger Kids' Service
Dec 4, 2017
Facebook today rolled out a new messaging service for children under the age of 13. Messenger Kids is a mobile application that gives kids the power to communicate via text and video with approved family members and friends.
Facebook Seeks to Improve Bots for People, Brands, and Developers
Apr 18, 2017
Facebook today announced major changes to its Messenger platform that should make bots easier to find and use. To start, Messenger now includes a Discover tab where people can recall recently used bots, as well as use a free-form search field to seek out new bots.