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Technology Facebook Messenger requires a Facebook account to sign up now

19:25  27 december  2019
19:25  27 december  2019 Source:   cnet.com

Messenger signups without a Facebook account are no longer possible

  Messenger signups without a Facebook account are no longer possible You'll no longer be able to sign up for Messenger if you don't have a Facebook account. Back in 2015, the social network started allowing potential users to sign up for its messaging app using only their phone numbers. Now, an entry in the website's Help Center clearly states that "you'll need to create a Facebook account to use Messenger." The company has also confirmed the change to VentureBeat, telling the publication that "the vast majorityThe spokesperson also said that the new rule applies to those "new to Messenger," and that those already using the app without an account don't need to do anything.

Facebook has quietly removed the ability to sign up for Messenger without a Facebook account , the company confirmed to VentureBeat this afternoon. Previously, new users using the Messenger or Messenger Lite app could opt to use their phone number in lieu of an account .

How to sign up for Messenger without a Facebook account The Messenger welcome screen will now present you with an option that reads “Not on Facebook ?”. Press on the option and you can then sign up with your name, phone number and a photo. Now we can finally get our Facebook -hating friends to stay in touch with us via Messenger !

Facebook's grip on Messenger got tighter this week. The social networking giant said it's requiring new people who sign up for its Messenger communications app to tie it to their Facebook account, effectively forcing them to reveal their identities and tie their communications to their social networking profile.

Facebook made the move, which was earlier reported by VentureBeat, because "the vast majority of people who use Messenger already log in through Facebook and we want to simplify the process," a Facebook spokeswoman said in a statement. Existing Messenger accounts that aren't tied to Facebook profiles won't need to make any changes, for now.

Oh no! This popular function on WhatsApp is now being abolished

 Oh no! This popular function on WhatsApp is now being abolished © Getty Images Whatsapp function Getty Images The app with the green telephone symbol: Almost everyone uses it every day and knows what is being said. WhatsApp of course! But the popular news service, which has now become part of Zuckerberg's Facebook empire, has now announced the abolition of a function. Tomorrow it says: Bye, bye newsletter! Many companies and online magazines have used WhatsApp as a personal news feed in the past.

Facebook has tightened its grip on the ecosystem of its second most used chat service today. The social network giant now requires anyone that Previously, anyone who wished to use Messenger to talk to others on the service could skip signing up for a Facebook account by using their phone

According to VentureBeat, Facebook has ended the ability to sign up for Messenger without a Facebook account . In the past, individuals who wanted In an email to VentureBeat, the social media giant confirmed that ability is now gone. “If you’re new to Messenger , you’ll notice that you need a

a close up of a screen: You need a Facebook account now to use Messenger. Angela Lang/CNET© Provided by CNET You need a Facebook account now to use Messenger. Angela Lang/CNET Facebook began offering people to sign up for its messaging service with just a phone number, and not a profile, in 2015.

Facebook's changes to Messenger makes the latest changes to its communications services as it prepares to more closely tie Messenger with its Instagram photo sharing site and WhatsApp text message replacement service. As it makes these changes, Facebook said communications between the three services, all of which it owns, will be encrypted end-to-end, meaning only the sender and receiver should be able to view the messages.

a close up of a piece of paper: You need a Facebook account now to use Messenger.© Graphic by Pixabay/Illustration by CNET

You need a Facebook account now to use Messenger.

Facebook isn't just more tightly connecting its three massive social networks together. The company's also said it plans to make communications on its services generally more private, shifting efforts to private group chats and person-to-person communications instead of the public broadcast "news feed" style the company's become known for.

"I believe the future is private," Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said earlier this year. "This is the next chapter for our services."

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