Facebook tests link preview in desktop chat boxes

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By Justin Lafferty Comment

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Facebook is apparently testing a new addition to desktop chat boxes: link previews. Now, just like when a user shares a link to their News Feed or on a page, they can remove the URL from the message.

When a user pastes a link into the chat prompt, a small link preview shows up below (see above left). Users can then delete the URL text and send a cleaner link (above right), with their own message.

This can help cut back on unwanted text within messages, as URLs can be unwieldy and ugly when they get too long.

Readers: Have you noticed this?

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