Facebook introduced Chatbots for Facebook Messenger a long time ago. The bots can be used by users to keep themselves information about package deliveries, news, sports updates, and more. According to a new report, at its upcoming F8 developers conference, Facebook is going to introduce Chatbots for Messenger groups. What this means is that the Chatbot functionality that’s currently limited to individual Messenger users will soon be available for group chats as well.
TechCrunch reports that Facebook has been working with top Chatbot makers to prepare for the launch. It’s going to open up the API so that more developers can start building their own group Chatbots for Messenger.
Even though the report goes quite a bit into detail about Facebook’s plans for this particular feature, the social network itself hasn’t confirmed anything at this point in time. In response to a request for comment by the scribe, Facebook just said that it doesn’t comment on rumors or speculation.
Group Chatbots will certainly come in handy. For example, Mets fans in a group chat on Messenger can add a sports bot so that all of them can be automatically updated about score changes, big plays, and additional news from the game.