Facebook is all set to make its Messenger app mandatory for its iPhone and Android users in the coming few days. What this means is that, every user of iPhone or Android smartphone should compulsorily download the standalone Facebook Messenger app in order to continue messaging with their Facebook friends.
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Facebook first implemented this plan in Europe earlier this year, and after seeing the positive effect this change brought, the firm has now decided to expand the same plan to everyone.
With the implementation of this mandatory Messenger download plan, users will no longer have access to messaging from the main Facebook app in their smartphones and they will have to depend on the Messenger app to chat with their Facebook friends.
Facebook did not notify this issue in a blog post. It rather is notifying its users directly. The firm contacted Josh Constine of TechCrunch with the following official statement.
“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 even more engaging way to connect with people.”
Considering the huge number of messaging apps available for smartphones these days, it is yet to be seen how Facebook thinks its Messenger, implemented this way, could succeed.
However, users of mobile web, iPad, feature phones, desktop and Windows Phone users can be able to access the messaging feature from the main app and are not prone to this forced usage of Messenger. For now.
But the Android and iPhone users are soon expected to be forced into this. They are said to receive optional notices on their phones and Facebook will send an email to the people about this.
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