Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the F8 summit in San Francisco, California, on March 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON
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Facebook is turning its Messenger application into a platform for e-commerce, video and more in a bid to shake up online communication.Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg unveiled Messenger Platform, describing it as a way for software developers to boost appeal to the more than 600 million people using the application.Along with Messenger and its eponymous social networking application, Facebook owns WhatsApp and Instagram.Blau likened the Messenger move to the rise of Facebook as a platform.The e-commerce move comes a week after Facebook unveiled a way to use Messenger for peer-to-peer payments, and with the social network testing a "buy" button to allow users to make purchases directly from their Facebook pages.Additionally, Facebook introduced a tool designed to make it easy to take public video posted at the social network and embed it at other websites.
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