Facebook has changed its way of giving access to its Messenger, a chat service platform, for the new users. The social media company has decided to drop the support to sign-up with a mobile number for the Facebook Messenger App.
However, this change is only applicable to the new user’s sign-up, whereas the existing users can continue to access their accounts without any worry.
As per a recent report by VentureBeat, Facebook now wants its Messenger users to sign in into the Facebook account to access Messenger. Earlier, new users of Messenger or Messenger Lite had an option to sign up for the app using the phone number instead of facebook account.
But, now the company has made it mandatory to have a Facebook account, and the user should be logged into the account to use Messenger. This move will affect those who are not on Messenger now but plan to join it. Currently, those who are using the Messenger without a Facebook account can continue using it.
A Facebook spokesperson wrote in an email to the publication, “If you are new to Messenger, you will notice that you need a Facebook account to chat with your close connections and friends. We found that the wide majority of people who use Messenger already logged in through Facebook, and we needed to simplify the process. If your Messenger is already in use without a Facebook account, no need to do anything.”
However, some users have a complaint that they are encountering difficulties signing in after this transition. The app apparently kept on telling that their account has been restricted.
The plan behind this move that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to unify all the facebook owned platforms. According to a report on the New York Times, the company is trying to achieve this unification process by the end of the year 2020.
Zuckerberg has also directed his employees to ensure the end-to-end encryption of all the apps.
Recently Zuckerberg stated, “People will be able to use any of our apps to reach their friends, and they will be able to communicate across networks securely and easily.”
He further added, “We are planning to start by making it possible to send messages to your contacts by using any of our services and then extend that interoperability to SMS too.”