Facebook May Soon Force You to Use Their Facebook Messenger App if You Send Messages
Those that use the Facebook application for iOS are probably familiar with the Messages tab in the application. From here, you can easily send messages to people that you keep in touch with through Facebook.
You may have noticed Facebook's constant push to get you to download their standalone Messenger application. This has always been the option of the user, and if they didn't want to download Facebook Messenger and would rather message from the main Facebook application, they could; but soon, Facebook users may not even have a choice.
According to a report from TechCrunch
, Facebook is preparing to remove the messaging feature from the main Facebook application entirely. This means nixing the Messages tab from the application and forcing all users that want to message their friends, family, and co-workers on Facebook to download the standalone Facebook Messenger application for iOS. The report notes that Facebook is sending notifications to some users in Europe about the change, which will take place in coming weeks.
Facebook hopes to make messaging a better experience for Facebook users by having them use an application focused solely on messaging without other features in the application to distract them.
This is a change that will certainly leave many Facebook users, both on iOS and Android, upset with the company's decision to to force them to download another application, but for those that already use the Facebook Messenger application, the change probably won't have much of an effect. Will you be upset to see the messaging feature leave the main Facebook application?