Facebook says RIP to digital assistant M

Facebook says RIP to digital assistant M

Facebook says RIP to digital assistant M

Facebook (FB) said Monday it is shutting down M, an automated personal assistant once thought to be the social network's text-based answer to services like Apple (AAPL)'s Siri and Amazon (AMZN)'s Alexa.

The project will officially shut down on January 19, Facebook said.

However, it would seem that Facebook was unimpressed with the direction M was going, so it will sing its swan song this January 19.

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A spokesperson declined to explain specifically why M was being killed off, how many human handlers it had, and how much money was blown on research and development for the project.

The human-assisted version of M was only ever launched to around 2,000 residents of California. Now they have made a decision to take the "useful insights" that they learned from the two and a half years of its existence and use this to improve and power the other AI projects of the company. Contractors who have been working on this side will be offered another job at the company. In addition to this, Facebook also wanted users to make use of the assistant without the need to jump from one service to another. Some aspects of it will actually live on with M suggestions, which, as you guessed it, makes suggestions for payments, making plans with your friends or even something as simple as sending stickers appropriate to your conversations. Facebook told The Verge it is "very pleased" with the performance of M suggestions. If you find yourself wishing to talk to a virtual assistant in a chat app, Allo is still an option.

Facebook's virtual assistant is about to be put out to pasture.

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Last April, Facebook released a more underwhelming version of the service to the general public.

This is it for now, folks.

Facebook VP of product for Messenger Stan Chudnovsky previously outlined big plans for M on a 2017 trip to Australia, telling AdNews at the time the technology would be used to increase interactions with brands on Messenger. Share your views with us in the comments section below.

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