Facebook tests desktop chat apps for Mac

Facebook is testing desktop chat apps for Mac as well as Windows and beta versions have already been rolled out, spokesperson for Workplace for Facebook confirmed to Tech Crunch on Friday.

The beta versions, for now, are being supervised by Workplace by Facebook which is a collaboration software much like Slack.

Reportedly, the desktop apps are downloadable now (b-versions) if you have Windows 7 or Mac 10.9.

The desktop apps are equipped with sharing photos, videos, gifs and they also play as your text store which means that you are search your previous chats from the stored content.

In some cases, if that information is unavailable, Facebook “will let people know, which can also be helpful context,” the post said.

“Helping people access this important contextual information can help them evaluate if articles are from a publisher they trust, and if the story itself is credible.”

The move is the latest by Facebook to stem the flow of fake news, hoaxes and disinformation after a series of revelations showing how unverified news went viral on social networks during the 2016 election, in many cases resulting from Russian-led efforts.

The announcement comes a day after US senators said they would ask executives from Facebook, Google and Twitter to testify at a November 1 hearing on Russian efforts to manipulate internet platforms during the election campaign.

A Facebook source said a representative of the social network would attend the hearing but offered no indication who would appear.

Senator Mark Warner, a member of the intelligence committee, said that “it’s important that the three companies that we’ve invited — Google, Twitter, and Facebook — will appear in a public hearing” to testify on how they will curb misinformation and manipulation.

Facebook said Monday it planned to hire more than 1,000 people to thwart deceptive ads crafted to knock elections off course.