Facebook’s read receipts were already seen as a trouble by some, but now the social network is planning to make them more problematic. The firm plans to bring this feature to Events as well, according to a report from The Daily Dot. Bringing the feature to Events means that now the hosts will easily get to know who has viewed their invitation and who has ignored them. This will let the host know the people in his/her friend list who are actually interested in seeing them in person.
Facebook expands read receipts
Facebook is expanding the read receipts feature for this first time after it was rolled out in 2012 for Messenger and Groups. As of now, there is no option for opting out of the read receipts in Messenger or Groups, and according to The Daily Dot, users will not be able to dodge the features for Events as well. Facebook’s new addition is in the pilot phase at present, and like most features, will soon be made available to all users.
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Currently, Facebook is “piloting the ability for private event hosts and guests to know whether their friends they invited have seen the event,” the social network told The Daily Dot.
Is it good or bad for users?
Earlier, it was a very common excuse for people to say that they did not see the message at all, but now it won’t work. However, one could argue that it is not in the interest of users in general. It forces people who are uninterested in attending an event to either take the pains of attending the event or risk ruining their harmonious relationship with their Facebook friend who sent the invite.
On the other hand, the confirmations serve the purpose of giving a better idea to the hosts on how many guests to expect and, more importantly, who they should actually remain in contact with.
It is possible that very soon Facebook will introduce a similar feature for friend requests, Wall posts and comments as well. However, there has been no comments from the firm about expanding this program to other parts of its service.