According to reports, the virtual assistant project is called Moneypenny and this feature will be available on Facebook's Messenger app and will allow the users to ask real people for help with things.

The new feature will help with research and shopping of the users. A release date of Moneypenny was not given and details are sparse.

Recently, Facebook announced that now social butterflies need not to have a Facebook account to use Facebook Messenger. As per the speculations, this new step taken by Facebook will give a good competition to another messaging app, WhatsApp, as it also doesn't ask its user for any social media account for usage.

Interestingly, WhatApp is owned by Facebook and both the messaging app have almost similar features of sending photos, videos, group chats, voice and video calling and stickers.

The new non Facebook option is currently available only in the US and Canada, but soon it is expected to head for other countries including India.

New users of Messenger app can sign up without an account on the social networking site Facbeook. Rolling out in the US and Canada, Peru and Venezuela before arriving in other territories, the accountless system asks only for a phone number and a first and last name -- so, just like February 2014 acquisition WhatsApp.