Facebook Messenger Now Rolling Out ‘Instant Games’ to All Users

Facebook Messenger Now Rolling Out 'Instant Games' to All Users

Facebook on Tuesday announced that the company is rolling out Instant Games on Messenger to all of its 1.2 billion users and that it is introducing the new features that the social media networking giant previewed to developers at its F8 conference last month. The updated Instant Games on Messenger will be rolling out over the next few weeks worldwide for both Android and iOS mobile platforms.

The ‘Rich gameplay features’ that have been added to the Instant Games on Messenger include turn-based gameplay, inclusion of leaderboards and tournaments, and offer more customisable messages during play, as per the company. “Game bots help re-engage players by calling out new game options and encouraging competition with updates on the leaderboards,” the company said in its news post.

Among the first games to receive the support for rich gameplay features is Zynga’s Words With Friends. The game has already been made available as a “feature-rich, turn-based game right in Messenger.” The company says turn-based gameplay has been the most requested feature by the users and finally it has introduced it to Instant Games on Messenger. On the other hand, Blackstorm’s EverWing is among the first games to introduce Game bots on the platform.

“Depending on what device you use and where you are located, there are now up to 50 games titles available on Messenger, with more being introduced almost every week. We’re also excited to be bringing the world’s number 1 pool game – Miniclip’s 8 Ball Pool – to Instant Games very soon,” Facebook said.

Facebook Rejects Claims of Gender Bias for Code in Its Engineering Department

Facebook Rejects Claims of Gender Bias for Code in Its Engineering Department
Rejecting claims that the code written by female engineers at Facebook gets rejected more often, the company has said that the analysis is “incomplete and inaccurate”.

The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday reported that based on an analysis by an engineer at Facebook, it was found that code written by females at its engineering department got rejected more often than those written by men.

“As we have explained, The Wall Street Journal is relying on analysis that is incomplete and inaccurate – performed by a former Facebook engineer with an incomplete data set,” TechCrunch quoted a Facebook spokesperson as saying.

The spokesperson further added: “Any meaningful discrepancy based on the complete data is clearly attributable not to gender but to seniority of the employee.”

The earlier analysis had claimed that female engineers received 35 percent more rejections of their code than male engineers.

It also stated that women had to wait longer than men to get their code accepted, and received more comments and questions than men.

The method of analysis could not be assessed nor could it be verified, even by The WSJ that reported the gender bias at Facebook’s engineering department.

According to Facebook’s Head of Infrastructure Jay Parikh, the gap in rejection rate was not due to gender, but rank.

“So, Facebook’s argument is essentially that because there are not as many women in higher-ranked engineering roles, their code is subject to more scrutiny,” TechCrunch noted.

Women, who make up 17 percent of Facebook’s technical department are not in higher-ranking roles and that is a problematic sign.