Social media giant Facebook is tightening ways people use its Messenger. Users will now require a Facebook account to sign up for its Messenger communications app. This means that people will be forced to reveal their identities while linking their accounts to their social networking profiles.
Back in 2015, Facebook allowed people to sign up for Messenger with just their phone numbers. According to a Facebook spokeswoman, “The vast majority of people who use Messenger already log in through Facebook and we want to simplify the process.” People whose Messenger accounts aren’t linked to their Facebook profiles don’t need to panic as no changes are required, as of now.
This move is Facebook’s plan to consolidate all its messaging platforms. Earlier this year, it was reported that Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg had planned on unifying the infrastructure of all three of the company’s messaging services — Instagram, Messgenger, and WhatsApp.
CEO Zuckerberg had said in a bizarre statement this year, “I believe the future is private. This is the next chapter for our services.” I guess the movement has begun.