Facebook on Wednesday announced a number of new developer tools, including several messaging features for businesses, at its virtual F8 software developer conference.

The event marked Facebook’s first software developer conference since 2019, as the Covid pandemic forced the company to cancel last year’s event.

This year, Facebook placed a focus on new features to help businesses communicate with consumers directly via its messaging services. This is a key focus for Facebook, which is seeking to enable more e-commerce transactions directly on its services and enable businesses to handle more of their customer support via Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram.

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