FACEBOOK USERS will be forced to download the firm's Messenger app to use mobile chat, as the social network begins its final phaseout of mobile messaging through its main Facebook app.
Facebook announced in April that this would happen. Then, it began notifying iOS and Android users across Europe that it would remove chat functions from its main app, instead requiring users to have Facebook Messenger installed.
Now, Facebook has taken this global, announcing on Monday that the chat functionality will be removed from its main app "in days."
The INQUIRER has seen notifications within the app telling us to download Messenger, which read, "We've moved over to Messenger. You still see new message notifications here, and it'll be easy to switch between Facebook and Messenger."
Facebook confirmed the move in a statement seen by Techcrunch, saying, "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."
While Facebook attempts to justify the move, the news has not gone down well with users of the social network, who now will need to find extra space on their smartphones' home screens.
What's more, the Messenger app hasn't been particularly well-reviewed, and presently has a one and a half star rating in Apple's iTunes Store.
There is good news for Windows Phone users, however, as they won't be required to download Facebook Messenger. Not yet, at least. µ
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