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Facebook to require separate mobile app for messages

Published on Apr 10, 2014 8:17 AM
 
Facebook plans to eventually require that users in all countries install the Messenger app, though the company could not provide a specific timeframe for the change. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

SAN FRANCISCO (REUTERS) - Facebook will no longer let users send and receive private messages within its main smartphone app, and will require that users install a separate messaging app, the Internet company said on Wednesday, April 9, 2014.

Facebook began notifying users in France, England and several other European countries on Wednesday that beginning in a couple of weeks they will need to install the company's standalone Messenger app in order to send and receive messages.

Facebook plans to eventually require that users in all countries install the Messenger app, spokesman Derick Mains said, though he could not provide a specific timeframe for the change.

The move is intended to ensure that users have a consistent and high-quality experience, a Facebook spokesman told Reuters.

 
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