Facebook Messenger will soon be required for users looking to send/receive messages


  • wrceuro

    One word.

    Stupid

  • Stanley Opar

    this is so facebook can intercept text messages and learn more about you to profile which ads are the best. Rumor has it that the messenger app is hotmic’d. but that’s unconfirmed. I showed my girlfriend a video from AGT from FB messenger…and now she is getting ads asking if she has seen America’s got talent. They obviosuly know the plethora of profitable usage data for smartphone users thus forcing just THEM to use messenger. I would be less suspicious about this if they forced EVERYONE to go to messenger…but due to the fact they can COULD let people still use messages on the app (low end “smartphone” users), and won’t let us actual smartphone be denied that access makes me believe we are being stonewalled to give facebook more information about our device or what apps we have on it.

    • Nick Mantzoros

      They also use your browser cookies too. If you use Amazon, you’ll start to see ads for the stuff you search for.

    • dasny97

      I removed all Facebook apps when they started wanting permissions to access my text messages. I’ll use the mobile site but that’s it now. Been using Google+ a lot more since

      • Henri Weich Conradie

        Facebook does suck for practices such as this but Google+ will not truly catch on until the 18-25 demographic stops using Facebook and actually becomes aware of the existence of Google+.

  • KOLIO

    Just say no to facebook.End of discussion……………

    • Jason

      Yeah, I said “No” to Facebook about a year or so ago, and I have been very happy with that decision. They’re totally not needed.

      • ClayRogers

        I’m sure they were just devastated to lose you :)

        • Jason

          They could throw a celebration for all I care.

    • Henri Weich Conradie

      Make people aware that Google+ exists (I’m looking at you here, Google) and that it can do everything Facebook can do for you. Then MAYBE people will stop using it in large numbers.

    • Dan

      I never said “yes” to facebook in the first place.

      • Michael Quinlan

        Me neither. The appeal of Facebook is completely lost on me.

  • ludist210

    If we choose not to update the app, in theory couldn’t we circumvent this?

    • Nick Mantzoros

      in theory, you could.

  • scoter man1

    This might be what I need to finally leave Facebook. That’s just flat stupid.

    • guitarist5122

      I agree. I won’t leave, but it will leave my phone. I’ll just use the browser if I need to contact someone.

  • CodyTaylor

    I don’t care. I use the messenger app all the time. Maybe they shouldn’t require it but it is a better experience to use the messenger app than message from the regular Facebook app

  • Czar

    i like the idea, the devs put so much time into making an app, i’d want my users to use it. why waste my time. i dont use it, but looking from a dev standpoint, its smart

  • blest

    *facepalm*

  • zifnab

    Raging? No. Disinterested and unwilling to install the Facebook Messenger App? Definitely. Why any modern software company would fragment their software is beyond me. In any event, its a good excuse to ignore facebook messages and an even better excuse to delete the primary app in the near future.

  • phinn

    It’s funny, I’m probably the opposite of most people here but I have Facebook and don’t even have the regular app installed on my phone as I see no use for it. ALL I have installed right now Fb Messenger.

    I’ve always thought it was a strange move to fragment the app but I guess they want a quick messaging solution which is what I do with it.

  • Steven Skwarkowski

    Its already BS I cant message people with my business account. This is a complete and total waste of time.

  • Mark Hogan

    dumb but I would never install their app anyway.

  • steveb944

    I haven’t installed the FB app on my phone since it decided to take my full contact list BY DEFAULT. Since then I remedied the situation and I strictly use FB on my mobile browser only, I don’t even bother using it on my desktop anymore.

  • http://about.me/marianneevans Marianne

    Robust as in intrusive, annoying, and pain in the ass? Maybe the problem with the adoption of the app by users has nothing to do with whether we’re aware of it and everything to do with we hate it and it’s pointless.

  • Fel Pe

    Yeah stop using Facebook app for messaging and use whatsapp instead… oh wait a minute!!!

  • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php Apple is a patent troll

    Serves you right for using a crappy service like facebook.

    • ClayRogers

      Who’s the troll now

  • Jay

    Root > change build prop to low end Android device

    Thank me later

  • Mini Mansell

    yet another reason my prefered social network has been google+ for the past Yr.

  • ClayRogers

    Isn’t that the expected move after acquiring whatsapp? This is even less shocking than finding out the dude from Will and Grace prefers the company of men!

  • aranea100

    I guess i can shed e few mbs of my phone memory and uninstall facebook app altogether. Mobile website should be enough. But then probably they’ll disable the access to that too.

    Any good alternative apps?

  • Sean Nebel

    The newest beta version has a completely revamped ui…but still has messenger built in..