Facebook introduces AR games to Messenger group video chat

Messenger's new augmented reality games.                  Facebook

Last week, Facebook suffered the worst one-day loss in Wall Street history, shedding $100 billion in market value. It has introduced first two AR video chat games that you can play with up to six people during video chats. "Today, we're excited to make connecting with your friends in video chat even more fun - and competitive! - with multiplayer video chat AR games".

Apparently, the social networking company also was in touch with US Bancorp as well regarding the upcoming functionality in their text messenger app.

Given what we know about Facebook's approach to consumer data, just from the past year or so, I think I'll take a 20-minute phone wait over giving them my banking details.

The news of this comes at a time when Facebook has been the center of controversy after it was reported that the company mismanaged the personal data of over 80 million of its customers.

There are two games that will initially be available for users to plan with more set to be released soon.

The Messenger games can be played with up to six people and there's more now in the pipline, including "Beach Bump" and "Kitten Kraze". Move back and forth to protect the spaceship from falling asteroids and unlock the asteroid blaster as they come down on the screen.

Facebook said some users opted in to accessing some financial information in its Messenger app.

Facebook's public reputation has also been stung by the use of its platform by Russian Federation to attempt to sway the 2016 presidential election, as well as the continued spread of misinformation.

"Not today, but we've seen successful short-session AR games developed by the creator community and are always looking out for ways to bring the best AR content to the FB family of apps", the spokesperson said.

Facebook says that it built these games itself using the AR Studio tool. This development is a bigger push. This feature is similar to Snappables announced by Snapchat in April this year.

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