Sadly, you now want a Fb account to begin utilizing Fb Messenger – BGR

Fb Messenger is likely one of the fashionable prompt messaging apps on the market, though it’s not Fb’s hottest one — that’s WhatsApp, which additionally occurs to be the one one that gives end-to-end encryption proper now. A number of years in the past, Fb made it attainable for brand new Messenger customers to begin speaking to their family and friends with out registering for Fb. That was really a good way to remain off Fb for anybody not proud of the intrusiveness of the world’s largest social community, with out giving up among the finest issues about Fb. Going ahead, nonetheless, new Fb Messenger customers must register for a Fb account to really use the chat service.

Fb has quietly eliminated the power to join Messenger utilizing a telephone quantity, however confirmed the characteristic to VentureBeat.

In case you’re new to Messenger, you’ll discover that you simply want a Fb account to talk with associates and shut connections. We discovered that the overwhelming majority of people that use Messenger already log in by way of Fb and we wish to simplify the method. In case you already use Messenger with no Fb account, no have to do something.

It’s unclear what prompted the change, nevertheless it is smart to imagine that almost all Messenger customers have Fb accounts, particularly customers who’ve signed up for Fb lengthy earlier than Messenger arrived. At the least these individuals who’ve signed up for Messenger with a telephone quantity will nonetheless have the ability to use the service sooner or later.

Going ahead, Fb plans to unify Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram below a single messaging system that may additionally occur to be end-to-end encrypted. It’s unclear, nonetheless, how the system will work. Fb objective is to permit anybody to make use of any of the three apps to achieve anybody else of their contact checklist, with out having to register for all three companies. It’s additionally unclear whether or not customers who have already got Fb, WhatsApp, and Instagram accounts must hyperlink these accounts to unify their messaging expertise.

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