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  Meta AI, the advanced AI assistant from Meta Platforms, Inc., has officially launched on WhatsApp and other Meta apps, enhancing users’ interaction with these platforms. This AI technology, powered by the latest Llama 3 model, integrates seamlessly across Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger, offering a range of interactive and creative functionalities.
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Meta AI was initially unveiled in September 2023 and began trials across various markets including India and parts of Africa. By April 11, 2024, it became available in Nigeria, marking a significant step in Meta’s strategy to introduce sophisticated AI tools to a broader audience.

How It Works

Meta AI operates on a large language model, offering features that range from basic information queries to generating photorealistic images from text. Users can interact with it in a conversational manner, similar to chatting with a human. The AI can assist with everyday tasks such as planning outings, finding information, or generating creative content like images and GIFs on demand.

How to Use Meta AI on WhatsApp

Using Meta AI on WhatsApp is straightforward:
  • Tap the Meta AI logo at the bottom right of your WhatsApp screen.
  • Agree to Meta’s terms and conditions.
  • Interact with it by typing questions or commands directly in your chat window.

How to Use Meta AI on Instagram

Using Meta AI on Instagram is also straightforward and integrates smoothly within the existing app interface:
  • Access the Search Bar: Meta AI is built into Instagram’s search function. To access it, simply tap on the search icon.
  • Type Your Query: Enter what you’re looking for or what you need assistance with directly into the search bar. Meta AI will provide suggestions and answers based on your input.
  • Interact with the AI: Select the suggestions provided by Meta AI or continue typing to refine your queries. The AI can assist with a wide range of requests, from finding specific posts to suggesting profiles or hashtags​​.

How to Use Meta AI on Facebook

On Facebook it enhances the user experience by being readily accessible throughout the platform:
  • Find the Search Bar: Start by clicking or tapping on the search bar at the top of the Facebook interface.
  • Enter Your Question or Command: Type your query directly into the search bar. Meta AI will process your input and provide relevant information or suggestions.
Use AI Features Directly in Your Feed: When you come across posts in your feed, you can also interact with Meta AI by asking for more detailed information about the content you see. Simply click on the Meta AI icon or type a command related to the post to engage the AI’s help
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Users can also invoke specific functions like image generation by using commands such as /imagine [image prompt] and creating images based on text descriptions. This feature generates up to 25 images per day, showcasing the AI’s capability to produce visual content.

Features and Functions

Meta AI is designed to be more than just a chatbot; it’s a full-fledged assistant capable of conducting tasks across multiple apps without switching contexts. This includes looking up real-time information directly within chats and using integrated search functions powered by Meta’s partnerships with major search engines like Bing​ (Fox Business). In addition to information retrieval and chat functionalities, it boasts an ‘Imagine’ feature, where users can see images materialize in real-time as they type. This function is part of Meta’s push to make AI-generated content more dynamic and interactive.
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Overall, Meta AI represents a significant advancement in how users can leverage AI within social media platforms, enhancing functionality and user engagement in meaningful ways. Its rollout across apps like WhatsApp signifies Meta’s commitment to integrating cutting-edge technology to improve everyday digital interactions.
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This article was first published on 22nd April 2024

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