Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

Facebook Messenger might be returning to the main Facebook app

Facebook Messenger might be returning to the main Facebook app

Facebook might be making a big new change.

According to code in the back-end of the Facebook app, The Social Network may soon look to bring messaging back into the main platform, as opposed to redirecting users to its separate Messenger app.

Wong notes that this Chats section doesn't have all of Messenger's features, only some. Wong posted screenshots of her findings on Twitter, tagging technology publication Techmeme. "Messenger remains a feature-rich, stand-alone messaging app with over a billion people using it monthly to connect with the people and businesses they care about most". "We do not have any additional details to share at this time".


Facebook first released Messenger as its own independent app in 2011 and removed messaging from Facebook so that they force you to use Messenger itself in 2014. Yeah, unfortunately. It appears that the chat functionality within the Facebook app will be pretty limited, only allowing you to send and reply to text-based messages.

The new "Chats section" will probably contain only a few features of Messenger and not the entire functionality of the app. You won't be able to send GIFs, make calls, add reactions or send and receive money. In January, we heard a rumor that claimed Facebook was looking to combine the chat features of Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp into one service covered by end-to-end encryption, and this could be Facebook's first move toward realizing that goal. This will bring back the similar layout we saw with the early days of Facebook. But on the whole, most users don't see the point in having a standalone Messenger app. However, if the two apps conjoin, Facebook will take you to a new "Chats" feature, which would not be hosted on an entirely different app. It seems that they wanted to do this before.

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