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Facebook could bring Messenger back to its main app

14 April 2019

Facebook upset millions of users when it removed chat from its core mobile app in 2014 and created a standalone app called Messenger.

According to a user named Jane Manchun Wong, the Social Network giant is bringing back the Messenger app to the native Facebook app. Or it could be trying to better balance on-platform engagement across the two apps - while Messenger use has been rising, engagement within Facebook's main app has, reportedly, been in decline.

A Facebook spokeswoman said that the company did not have any additional details to share at this time. Well, it seems like Facebook is bringing back its Messenger app back to the native mobile app.

Apart from revealing the integrated messaging functionality, the screenshots show a simplified white design of the Facebook app, dialing down on its signature blue accent color.

Zuckerberg's Facebook acquired both Instagram and WhatsApp a few years ago and they both have developed into giant platforms with more than half the population of the planet now using it.

Back in 2011, when Facebook debuted Messenger as a separate app from its main offering, the company scrubbed all mention of the chat service from the main app to make it clear they were very separate entities.

Facebook has already started making preparations for this move, according to code uncovered by Jane Manchun Wong. They will no longer have to install a new app altogether to read their messages.

If you woke up this morning and thought to yourself, "Hey, it's been a minute since I last heard about Facebook security issues affecting millions of users in scary ways", then have we got some ... At the moment, Wong says, the app's new "Chats" feature only offers basic functionality, which means that users chatting through the Facebook app can't do things like make calls or send photos.

Facebook could bring Messenger back to its main app