Facebook has just made another move that people will not like, it brought back a Facebook account requirement for Facebook Messenger.
This is kind of a long story, but we'll try to keep it short. So, many of you are familiar with Facebook Messenger, once of the most popular messaging services out there.
Well, at first, Facebook Messenger was built into the Facebook app, and was referred to as 'Chat'. Years ago, Facebook decided to spin it off into 'Facebook Messenger', and release a separate app.
That application managed to become immensely popular, and at first, it required you to log in with your Facebook account. At one point, Facebook decided to scratch that, and allow users to use Messenger even if they don't have a Facebook account.
Facebook account requirement is back for Messenger, it has been away since mid-2015
Well, the company has decided to revert that decision. Do note that if you already use Messenger and don't have a Facebook account, you won't be forced to create one. Facebook will not mess with existing users who opted not to use their Facebook account to log in.
This information comes from Venture Beat, who was provided with such info by a Facebook spokesperson. That spokesperson also said that the vast majority of users already use their Facebook account to use Messenger, so the company wanted to simplify the process.
According to Venture Beta, some users have had issues with the transition, probably due to a bug. They've encountered an error message indicating that their account has been restricted. Do note that you do not need to create a Facebook account to fix this, it's up to Facebook to make it right.
The ability to sign up for Messenger without a Facebook account has been around for a long time, since June 2015. This ability was first made available for users in the US, Canada, Peru, and Venezuela.
There may be another reason for this change
There may be another reason for this change. As most of you know, Facebook owns now only Messenger, but also Instagram and WhatsApp. Well, it was reported back in January, that the technical infrastructure underlying all those services will be integrated. That could be the reason for this change, the main reason.
It remains to be seen when will Facebook make the change, though. Nothing has been officially announced regarding the timeframe yet, so we'll have to wait.
Facebook Messenger has over 1.3 billion active monthly users, which is a hefty amount. WhatsApp has even more, while Instagram has a bit less.
WhatsApp sits at over 1.5 billion active monthly users, while Instagram has over 1 billion. Uniting these three platforms under the same infrastructure will be quite a challenge for Facebook.