Facebook Messenger Removing Need For Facebook Account

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It was only yesterday that we were talking about Facebook and instant messaging, after hearing rumors that it might be talking to WhatsApp about plans to acquire the company. We still don’t know what will come of that, but today we’ve got some news that’s down a similar alley, with Facebook announcing that it’s going to stop requiring a Facebook account in order to use its Facebook Messenger Android app.

An update to the Messenger app now lets you create an account, identified by only your name and phone number. You’ll be able to enjoy normal features like photo sharing and group conversations, but now you’ll be able to do so without giving Facebook all your personal info. Especially for users who might have objected to using the app in the past due to apprehensions over privacy issues, this change might be enough to get them to reconsider.

Apparently, this change won’t be available everywhere all at once, and should be rolling out on a country-by-country basis.

Source: Facebook
Via: MobileBurn

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