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Use Messenger without Facebook
By: Jessica Cherok
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Apparently there are people in the world who don’t have Facebook accounts, but would still like the convenience of messaging each other. And for some reason using IM or email just isn’t satisfying them.

In response, Facebook has announced that a Facebook account is no longer needed to use their stand-alone messaging app, Messenger. Now, people in the U.S., Canada, and parts of South America can sign up for Messenger without also needing to be on Facebook.

According to a Facebook post about Messenger, ““With this update, more people can enjoy all the features that are available on Messenger – including photos, videos, group chats, voice and video calling, stickers and more.”

Facebook has been ramping up Messenger over the last several months. It introduced voice and video calling, followed closely by the ability to make payments within the app. The social media giant also opened the app to developers to create new features. The plan seems to be to make Messenger more like a browser than a messaging app.

But the biggest drawback to keeping everyone using Messenger was the fact that people without Facebook couldn’t be communicated with in the app. By opening it up to essentially anyone with a phone number, Facebook will increase its overall user base. 

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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