Facebook Messenger new design

Facebook Messenger has ditched chat bots and removed Discover tab to remain simple and catchy

Facebook Messenger new design
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Facebook will promote a "People" section in the new design, in which you can see large squares dedicated to friends who have recently updated their Facebook Stories.

The changes will appear next week.

In the new design, Facebook is promoting a "People" section where you can see large squares dedicated to friends who have recently updated their Facebook Stories.

Chat bots were central to Facebook Messenger’s strategy three years ago. Now they’re being hidden from view in the app along with games and businesses.

The changes could push users to spend more time visually communicating with friends and consuming content than exploring chat bots for shopping, connecting with businesses and playing games. That in turn could help Facebook earn more money from Messenger as it’s now showing Stories ads.

One can also see contact list organised to promote most used contacts who are actively online.

Instant Games and Transportation will also be removed from the chat composer's utility tray and moved inside the app so you will need to search for those.

Not just the main app, the company is also tweaking Messenger Kids.

In a bid to give parents more control over what their kids do on Facebook Messenger Kids, the company earlier this month added new privacy features on Parent Dashboard in the app.

Parents will now be able to see more details about who their children are messaging with, whether they're video calling them, and a history of anyone they've blocked in the app.

Facebook launched Messenger Kids in 2017 which faced lot of criticism over privacy issues.

So now Messenger is becoming more WhatsApp-like — simple, speedy and centered around peer-to-peer communication. Visual communication through Stories, with replies to them delivered as messages, feels like a natural extension of this focus while conveniently offering a path to monetization. If Messenger can be the best-in-class place to chat, unencumbered by promotion of chat bots and businesses, users might stay locked into the Facebook ecosystem.