Chatbots to make their debut on Messenger soon – will be available to group chats.

These chatbots won’t be typical bots trying to make conversation with you. Instead they’ll function more like news tickers, updating group members on outside information.

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The bots include sports bots, e-commerce bots, and news bots. So if you’re part of a group of sportsmen, you might use a Messenger bot that keeps you up-to-date on the related sports news.

Having a group chatbot ensures all participants in the conversation are informed. Before now, chatbots were restricted to those users who searched specifically for them. Now one participant can add them to a thread.

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The other great part of the update is Facebook opening its API to let everyone build their own bots, so you and your friends could have your own bot assistant just for your group.