Facebook partners with Uber for ride-hailing service via Messenger

admin   •   December 18, 2015   •   2377

Logo of the Uber and Facebook are seen through magnifier on display in this illustration taken in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, December 16, 2015. REUTERS/DADO RUVIC

Logo of the Uber and Facebook are seen through magnifier on display in this illustration taken in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, December 16, 2015.
REUTERS/DADO RUVIC

Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it is testing a service that will allow users of its Messenger app to hail Uber rides directly from the app, without leaving a conversation or downloading the ride-hailing app.

Uber is the first partner for the Transportation on Messenger service, which will be available to select users in locations where Uber operates in the United States, Facebook said in a blog post. (bit.ly/1RSmDC8)

Uber on Messenger will start rolling out in the United States on Wednesday, Uber said in a blog post. (ubr.to/1NqhKNh)

Lyft, a rival ride-hailing service provider, will be added to Transportation on Messenger in January, sources close to Lyft told Reuters.

Users can hail a ride in the latest version of Messenger by choosing “transportation” from a menu or by tapping on a car icon within a chat.

“Facebook is looking at this as a way to make Messenger more attractive,” Thilo Koslowski, vice president and automotive practice leader of Gartner said.

He said the service provides a “huge market place” for Uber.

Facebook has been aggressively working to boost the appeal of its messenger service, including making it mandatory last year for users to install a separate app to send and receive messages.

Since then, Facebook has beefed up the app’s features by allowing users to send and receive money through Messenger.

Still, the internet giant is playing catch up with Chinese internet company Tencent Holdings Ltd’s messaging app WeChat, which has offered similar services much earlier.

Facebook’s shares closed up 2.1 percent at $106.97 on Wednesday amid a broad rally on Wall Street.

(Reporting by Arathy S Nair and Sai Sachin R in Bengaluru, and Heather Somerville in San Francisco; Editing by Savio D’Souza)

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Facebook, Whatsapp and Instagram back online after outage

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 5, 2021

Social media giant Facebook has apologized for the outage users experienced on Monday night (October 4).

Social media services Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram are back online after a global outage that lasted for hours. Users reported not being able to access the said social media apps.

Facebook’s chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer announced that Facebook and other social media services are back online but it is still not at 100%. He also apologized for the inconvenience caused by the outage.

“Facebook services coming back online now – may take some time to get to 100%. To every small and large business, family, and individual who depends on us, I’m sorry,” he said in his Twitter account.

Schroepfer reported that Facebook experienced networking issues. AAC

BI cautions public against online scammers offering fake entry permits to foreigners

Marje Pelayo   •   September 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) warned the public against scammers victimizing foreign nationals by offering them fake entry permits on Facebook.

The warning comes after a complaint that alerted the BI about an individual offering entry permits.

According to BI Commissioner Jaime Morente, one victim was asked to contact an alleged immigration officer who would supposedly ensure the smooth entry of foreigners in exchange for grease money.

But based on BI records, the alleged immigration officer is not an employee of the agency.

“There is no such service. We believe that these scammers prey on the people they see on Facebook,” Morente said.

“It is disconcerting to know that there are still those who can take advantage of the vulnerable even during a pandemic,” he added.

At present, only Filipinos, foreign spouses and children of Filipinos, foreign parents of Filipino minors, and foreigners holding immigrant and non-immigrant visas are allowed entry in the Philippines.

The entry of tourists to the country remains restricted.

Entry exemption documents (EED) are issued by foreign posts abroad to foreigners who wish to enter the country with tourist visas.

DOLE warns against FB pages promising cash, jobs

Marje Pelayo   •   January 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has warned the public against bogus Facebook pages promising cash or prizes in exchange for likes and shares as well as those purportedly hiring for employment.

“Verify the registration of such companies with appropriate government agencies before engaging with them, especially in providing information,” DOLE warned on Wednesday (January 7).

The alert came after DOLE acted on a complaint against a certain company named ‘Eternal Investment’ alleging that it is gathering people on Facebook and assigning them to job positions on a voluntary or commission basis. 

Recruits are allegedly assigned to positions such as executives, managers, and graphic artists.

The complaint also claimed that Eternal Investment is reportedly “manipulating people and not paying proper dues based on the output of the volunteers.” 

Upon coordination with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), it was found out that ‘Eternal Investment’ is not registered with the DTI nor with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

To protect the public, the labor department’s Bureau of Local Employment brought the complaint to the SEC’s Enforcement and Investor Protection Department for further investigation.

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