Facebook drops phone number sign-up support for Messenger
Facebook has changed the way to access its chat service platform Messenger for its new users. The social media company has dropped the phone number sign-up support for Messenger. However, this new move is going to affect only new users. Existing Messenger users need not worry about this.
According to a recent VentureBeat report, Facebook now requires users to sign in the Facebook account to access the Messenger. Previously, new users of Messenger or Messenger Lite were given the option to sign up for the app using the phone number instead of an account. In plain speak, earlier one could access the Messenger even without having a Facebook account but now the company has made it mandatory to have a Facebook account and you should be logged in the account to access Messenger. The move affects those who are not on Messenger but plan to join. Those who are using the Messenger without Facebook currently can continue to do so.
“If you’re new to Messenger, you’ll notice that you need a Facebook account to chat with friends and close connections. We found that the vast majority of people who use Messenger already log in through Facebook and we wanted to simplify the process. If you already use Messenger without a Facebook account, no need to do anything,” a Facebook spokesperson wrote in an email to the publication.
This move complies with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s plan to unify all the Facebook-owned messaging platforms. According to a report from the New York Times, the company aims to complete this unification process by the end of the year 2020. Zuckerberg has also ordered his employees to make sure all the apps are end-to-end encrypted.
“People should be able to use any of our apps to reach their friends, and they should be able to communicate across networks easily and securely,” Zuckerberg said recently.
“We plan to start by making it possible for you to send messages to your contacts using any of our services, and then to extend that interoperability to SMS too.”