Facebook Messenger no longer allows users to sign up with a simple phone number. To use the instant messaging application, you must have an account on the Facebook social network.
Since 2015, Facebook Messenger has allowed users to sign up in a few clicks with a simplephone number, a photo and a name. As reported by our Venture Beat colleagues, Facebook decided to take a step back this Thursday, December 26th. To sign up for the email service, you will need to link a Facebook account. Unsurprisingly, this decision foreshadows the merger of Messenger, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, announced for 2020.
“If you’re new to Messenger, you’ll notice that you now need a Facebook account to chat with friends and log in” announces a Facebook spokesperson at Venture Beat. “We have noticed that the vast majority of people who use Messenger already connect via Facebook and we therefore want to simplify the registration process” defends the social network, visibly concerned about forcing the hand of Internet users who are not yet members of Facebook.
Please note that this policy change does not apply to users already registered to Messenger with a phone number. “If you already use Messenger without a Facebook account, you don’t have to do anything” reassures Facebook. The application will not require you to register with Facebook to continue sending or receiving messages.
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However, the lack of a Facebook account linked to your Messenger may sooner or later cause problems, especially if you want to synchronize your conversations between two devices when changing smartphone or SIM card for example.
On Reddit, many Internet users say that they are no longer able to connect to the Messenger application since the policy change. The application keeps asking to link a Facebook account but no longer offers to connect with a phone number. Some users seem to have lost, at least momentarily, access to their Messenger account created with a phone number. Is that also your case? We await your testimony in the comments.
Source : VentureBeat