• In this April 12, 2016, file photo, David Marcus, Facebook Vice President of Messaging Products, talks about Bots for Messenger during the keynote address at the F8 Facebook Developer Conference in San Francisco. Facebook says people who use its Messenger chat service will soon be able to order flowers, request news articles and talk with businesses by using messaging bots. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

    Facebook still isn’t a mall, but its bots aim to change that

    NEW YORK (AP) — It’s now possible — though neither easy nor particularly convenient — to buy stuff on Facebook via automated messaging “bots.” But it’s far from clear that people really want to go shopping on the social network.