Facebook is trying to turn it messaging app into a social gathering tool rather than being an ordinary online chat app. With this new feature, users will be able to privately share their location on a map for an hour through a group or direct message thread.
According to Selena Wang, the feature’s Product Manager said that a live location tool is a powerful tool that can be used to tell others (you are having an appointment with) where you are.
This is the second time Facebook will be trying to integrate the map into their messaging app after the first one was scraped in 2015. The first one was scrapped because it was used in many scandals when a Harvard student designed a Chrome extension that was discovered to turn it into a wanderer’s map.
Although the Map is still available for use but it had been turned into a static location feature where users can only send their current or future location once.