Messenger might move back to the Facebook app, where it belongs

Donna Miller
April 13, 2019

The anticipation comes from Jane Manchun Wong, a researcher specialized in discovering functions not yet released in the app, which in a tweet shows the application interface in which there is a tab that allows you to exchange messages with other users. But then Facebook made a decision to remove the messaging feature from the app and forced users to use the dedicated Facebook Messenger app to send and receive Facebook messages.

Facebook is thinking of returning its Messenger app back into the main app so users can access their feed and messages in one spot. But according to Jane, Facebook's Messenger app will unlikely to vanish as it serves a different market.

Wong speculates that the reversal of this policy is in preparation of Facebook integrating its messaging services across all its apps: Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram.

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A Facebook spokeswoman said that the company did not have any additional details to share at this time.

Wong said testing is in early stages and that the new section has basic text, no reactions, calls, video or photos. "Messenger remains a feature-rich, stand-alone messaging app with over a billion people using it monthly to connect with the people and businesses they care about most".

Considering this controversial plan that's sending shivers down the spine of privacy advocates while no doubt also facing scrutiny from regulatory bodies around the world, it's certainly not surprising to hear the main Facebook mobile app could regain its messaging functionality before long.

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