Facebook is officially going to move messages to the separate Facebook Messenger app, a separate (free) iPhone app, artificially preventing users from messenging within the Facebook app by simply removing the feature. According to TechCrunch, this will only affect iPhone and Android phone users—mobile web, Windows Phone, feature phones, and even iPad users are spared from the forced migration for now.
Facebook's Helping Out with Your Messages
If it seems like you've heard news about Facebook and messaging before, you might be remembering that Facebook bought messaging competitor WhatsApp for US $19 billion dollars.
Apparently Facebook is trying to do this quietly, as there's no blog post about any of this happening. Here's the statement Facebook gave TechCrunch:
In the next few days, we’re continuing to notify more people that if they want to send and receive Facebook messages, they’ll need to download the Messenger app. As we’ve said, our goal is to focus development efforts on making Messenger the best mobile messaging experience possible and avoid the confusion of having separate Facebook mobile messaging experiences. Messenger is used by more than 200 million people every month, and we’ll keep working to make it an even more engaging way to connect with people.
With no fanfare about this happening to phone users, there is no announced timeline on migrating other platforms to using separate apps.
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