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Facebook to Remove Messaging from iOS App Forcing Users To Download Messenger

According to a report by TechCrunch, Facebook has started notifying users that’ll soon lose the ability to send and receive instant messages using the Facebook app for iOS, and will instead have to download Facebook Messenger to chat on their mobile devices. Notifications about the change are going out to some users in Europe starting today, notes the source.

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It seems that users will have about two weeks to receive multiple alerts, before the requirement to download Facebook Messenger kicks in. Eventually, all users will get migrated to this new standalone app strategy from Facebook. However, forcing users to adopt a new messaging app could be very unpopular. Not everyone, including myself, wants to manage multiple Facebook apps on their homescreen. I bet a lot of users are going to be angry about this. 

In an onstage talk I did with Mark Zuckerberg in November, the CEO revealed an explanation for today’s change that Facebook’s PR team just referred me to:

“the other thing that we’re doing with Messenger is making it so once you have the standalone Messenger app, we are actually taking messaging out of the main Facebook app. And the reason why we’re doing that is we found that having it as a second-class thing inside the Facebook app makes it so there’s more friction to replying to messages, so we would rather have people be using a more focused experience for that.” 

Even though Facebook has acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion, the company still seams to be battling with standalone messaging apps like WeChat, Kik, and Line.

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  • FragilityG4

    Why would I want a second app that the first one is capable of doing itself?

  • Jake

    Yeah… having to jump between 2 apps is dumb… I browse facebook on my iphone at the same time I’m chatting… it’s convenient now

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/ Gary

    Facebook wants to pad their messenger download numbers, make it look like a standalone service

  • FragilityG4

    Ahh smoke and mirrors …

  • Anon

    Great. Now Zucker is forcing his crappy messenger app on us. Now we can have 2 apps processes running in the background to drain our battery, instead of one.

  • browtf

    Man that is some bullshit. fuck zuckenberg