Facebook and Messenger may backtrack on controversial unified app

Messenger May Be Finally Coming Back to Facebook

As per a report by The Verge, app researcher Jane Manchun Wong saw a feature now in testing which integrates Messenger with the native Facebook app under a new "Chats" section.

To give reactions, make a call, send photos, and more, you are still required to open the Messenger app, Fast Company reported. In the tweet below, not only does Wong show off the Facebook app redesign that should be landing in the next couple of months (one which looks eerily similar to the Messenger app redesign), but we also see that the Messenger button at the top of the app no longer redirects you to the Messenger app. "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".

This all tracks with recent news that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to roll Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger into a single platform.

According to 'Down For Everyone Or Just Me', a website which helps online users check whether a certain website is down or not, both Facebook.com and Instagram.com registered downtimes while messages on WhatsApp could not go through.




Now, Facebook appears to be experiencing something of the sort. "We're working on making more of our messaging products end-to-end encrypted and considering ways to make it easier to reach friends and family across networks".

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. That is the big question begging for answers-and hopefully it does not become a big issue later.

The main Messenger app will continue to exist as Wong predicts that this app will be targetted to a different kind of audience.

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