Messenger may be finally coming back to Facebook

Gerald Bowen
April 15, 2019

Instagram and WhatsApp, which are both owned by Facebook, also faced accessibility issues, leaving some users unable to load their news feed or send messages. For that, "you'd still have to open the Messenger app", she said. Now, it's basically been accepted as normal.

(Web Desk) - Jane Manchun Wong, researcher for reverse engineering popular social media apps, tweeted a screenshot which hinted at the re-integration of "Messenger" in Facebook primary app.

However, even if there is a time where Messenger and all of its features are integrated back into the main Facebook app, Wong doesn't think the company will discontinue the standalone Messenger app.

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The new "Chats section" will probably contain only a few features of Messenger and not the entire functionality of the app. The unreleased feature of the original Facebook app has been discovered by this user. Its return is surprising but perhaps makes plenty of sense - Facebook is reportedly unifying its messaging services. Now, nearly 5 years later, as Facebook prepares to integrate WhatsApp and Instagram into a singular platform, the feature seems to be making its return.

Wong notes that this Chats section doesn't have all of Messenger's features, only some.

The potential move comes as Facebook is embarking on an ambitious project to more tightly integrate its messaging services Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram direct messages with encrypted messaging; a move that Facebook says is supposed to promote privacy, but that has been interpreted by critics as an attempt to fend off the rising threat of anti-trust action over the company's dominance. Wong argues this also applies to Messenger, which means it will stick around to serve a different audience than the main Facebook app. The feature is still in its primary stage as the users can send and receive chat messages only but they can't post videos, audio, or photos, etc. In any case, Facebook is clearly testing it. The UI bears resemblance with Facebook Messenger's white redesign, which was made widely available at the beginning of this year. "We do not have any additional details to share at this time".

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