Facebook is furthering it’s multi-app strategy by requiring all users to install Facebook Messenger in order to chat on mobile.
A Facebook spokesperson confirmed to ReadWrite that users will start seeing notifications today describing the transition. Facebook mobile users will receive several notices before the change is fully implemented on both iOS and Android.
Facebook is eliminating messaging from the main Facebook mobile application because it is slow and doesn’t deliver the best messaging experience, according to the company.
This news was apparently a long time coming, however. Complaints as far back as fall 2013 call out Facebook’s unwanted attempts to force people to use Messenger.
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