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Facebook protects shopping bots against hacking threat

Facebook has rolled out the use of artificial intelligence-powered chatbots on its Messenger platform.

The technology allows people to make purchases by carrying out conversations with the bots rather than having to use a specialised app or website.

The move raises the potential for a new type of hack - breached accounts could potentially give hackers the ability to rack up large amounts of purchases.

But David Marcus, head of Messenger, said that Facebook was taking steps to prevent this.

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