Facebook Using their iOS App to Explain Why Users Need to Install Messenger

In late August, Facebook published a piece titled “Get the Facts About Messenger”, which busted rumours that claimed the app used your smartphone’s camera and microphone at all times, while also explaining why users needed to install the controversial (and seen as unnecessary) Messenger app:

Why we’re asking people to install Messenger—We’re committed to providing a fast, reliable and fun messaging app that anyone in the world can use to reach the people who matter to them. That’s why we’re focusing just on Messenger and moving messages out of the Facebook app. People usually respond about 20% faster when they have Messenger, and we think they’ll find both apps useful in different ways. We hope you’ll try out Messenger and enjoy everything else you can do with the app, like chatting with groups and sending stickers.

This past week, the social network has been aggressively pushing this article to iOS users through the Facebook app, as this “Myths vs Facts” article has been showing as a temporarily top story, asking users to ‘Learn More’:

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Facebook made a change to recently require users to install their Messenger iOS app to send and receive messages, seen as redundant when the original app worked fine. While a recent hack allowed users to bypass the install, the loophole has been recently closed.

Facebook has felt the heat from iOS users in iTunes, as reviews of the current Messenger app is flooded with angry 1-star ratings and reviews:

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Did you install Messenger for iOS? What do you think about it so far?

Thanks Victoria Explorer