Popular messaging app Facebook Messenger has introduced a new change to allow its access. The company has removed support for phone number logins. This means new users can no longer sign up using phone numbers. Earlier, people were able to access the Messenger just with a phone number. The decision to drop the phone number sign-up support is aimed at encouraging people to create a Facebook account. Users now must sign up on Facebook first to access Messenger services. Facebook had originally developed Facebook Chat in 2008 for chatting. The Mark Zuckerberg firm revamped the messaging service two years later and released Facebook Messenger.
Facebook in a statement said majority of people who use Messenger log in through its page. It added the decision has been taken to ease the process. The company said people using Messenger without a Facebook account will continue to enjoy the services. This means they don’t have to do anything but new users must create an account. The move complies with company’s ongoing efforts to unify all its messaging platforms. Facebook is targeting to complete this unification process by the end of next year. The purpose is to allow people to use any of Facebook apps to communicate easily and securely. Zuckerberg has already asked his employees to ensure all the apps are end-to-end encrypted.
The company said once the unification process is over, it will target to extend this interoperability to SMS too. According to Facebook’s claim, nearly 1.3 billion people use Facebook Messenger every month worldwide. Meanwhile, Facebook recently announced it will stop using phone number for recommending friends from next year. The decision was taken in the wake of privacy concerns. The social media giant last year confirmed its users’ phone numbers were used by attackers for targeting advertisements. Also, the California headquartered firm is planning to send a code to users on their mobile phones at the time of logging in to make access difficult for hackers.