Facebook denies claims of approaching banks for customers' financial data

Facebook in talks with banks to expand customer service

Over 17 billion video chats were sent on Facebook Messenger last year, twice as many as the year before, claims the social media platform.

Facebook has not been shy about copying features from other popular social platforms, none more than Snapchat, which has seen plenty of its features seen the light of day in the Facebook-owned Instagram. For now, Facebook won't be putting any ads or sponsored branding or in-app purchases in these AR games, Messenger's video chat games.

The new feature is further evidence of how Facebook is leaning into augmented reality as a way to offer users new experiences - and make more money.

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The WSJ article stated that in order to introduce new services in Facebook Messenger, the firm is asking USA banks to share sensitive financial information of users, including account balances and payment card transactions. They are Asteroids Attack and Don't Smile.

When playing the game, you'll find a spaceship perched on your nose.

There's no mystery technique herein using augmented reality games to keep the audience captivated: Facebook is utilizing this as an approach to keep you inundated in Messenger talks where you may some way or another be enticed to hang up (or consider a rival service).

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Facebook also pledged that it would not use the bank clients' information for advertising, and keeping personal data safe and secure was a critical part of such a partnership. "Asteroids Attack" sees you move your face around to navigate a space ship, avoiding rocks and grabbing laser beam powerups.

They explained: The message included a video link and read: 'Hey I saw this video. To play the games, you start a video chat and hit the Star menu button to open the filter menu. It is planning to add more games in the future, and the ones in the pipeline include "Beach Ball", a game where users can pass a beach ball back and forth, and "Kitten Kraze" - a matching cat game.

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