SAN FRANCISCO – Facebook messenger is now will be known as a simple messenger as the famous social networking site Facebook has announced that they no longer require people to have active Facebook accounts to use its messaging app.
To broaden the app’s reach and make it a stand-alone platform, the company is in the process of rolling out an updated version of Messenger with all its features (from group chats and video calling to sharing photos and “stickers”) available to anyone with a phone number.
Users can sign up with just a first name, last name, and phone number, starting from the US, Canada, Peru, and Venezuela before the feature comes elsewhere.
All of the same Messenger features, including payments and stickers as well as voice and video calls, will be available to people using Messenger without Facebook. The main difference for non-Facebook users, of course, will be features that rely on your network of Facebook friends.
Without a connection to a Facebook account, for example, the app will rely solely on your phone’s contacts to find friends on the service. Non-Facebook users also won’t be able to access messages on the web, since those still live on Facebook.com for now.
It is pertinent to mention here that Facebook has already attracted more than 1.44 billion users worldwide to its platform and 1.25 billion of whom are monthly mobile users.
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