Facebook Is Shutting Down Its M Hybrid Personal Assistant

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Now they have chose to take the "useful insights" that they learned from the two and a half years of its existence and use this to improve and power the other AI projects of the company.

The project, which is still in beta, will officially shut down on January 19, Facebook said.

While Facebook M failed to take off, Amazon and Google were successful in bringing virtual assistant to masses through Alexa-powered Echo devices and Google Assistant-powered phones and Home-series of smart speakers, respectively.

Facebook is also shutting down its M bot just as its competitors are ramping up their own digital helpers. If the assistant couldn't complete the task itself, one of its human operators could.

It was only available as a Facebook Messenger bot to a few beta testers living in California. Contractors who have been working on this side will be offered another job at the company.

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Facebook is putting an end to M, an ambitious digital assistant product unveiled two years ago that was supposed to be the company's answer to Apple's Siri and Google's Assistant.

The company has rolled out this tool in March this year, but at that time a Facebook user or a Facebook friend was required to help the victim. Some of the technology will continue in the form of M suggestions, which pop up during Messenger chat to suggest stickers, booking a cab ride, and so on. Facebook told The Verge it is "very pleased" with the performance of M suggestions.

This was long before the virtual assistant became such a huge deal and Facebook operated the system differently. "M Suggestions" will be embedded in the Messenger which will be fully automated. There will be more to the story, so be sure to stay tuned in for more details.

A Facebook spokesperson confirmed that the M Concierge service is dead, but he chalked it up to the company not getting what it wanted from M, and he said it's not at all accurate that AI is getting short shrift going forward. Share your views with us in the comments section below.

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