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Honolulu Civil Beat wants to use its bot to deepen ties with readers (and find some new stories, too)

Bots on Facebook Messenger have been, at best, a mixed bag so far. When Facebook opened up Messenger to brands last April, the immediate — and unsurprising — reaction among publishers was to see the chat app as yet another distribution channel. The early “bot” experiments from CNN, Mic, and others were built around this...
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