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Facebook Messenger: You can only log in with a Facebook account

If you want to use Facebook Messenger in the future, you also need a Facebook account. The social media giant introduced this clandestinely at the end of last year. Previously, it was possible to log in without an account on the social network. Only the phone number had to be given in order to use the Facebook Messenger or the Messenger Lite app.

Facebook wants to simplify the process

A press spokesman for the social media group told the technology website Venturebeat that many users are already logging into Messenger via their Facebook account. With the new measure, Facebook wants to simplify the process and make the messenger even more user-friendly. Nothing would change for users who are already registered with their phone number. However, more and more users who use the messenger service without a Facebook account are reporting problems logging in. The service should also no longer be fully usable.

First step in generalization?

Many experts see the fact that Facebook Messenger can now only be used with a Facebook account as a first indication of the merging of all messenger services of the social media giant. In addition to Facebook Messenger and Messenger Lite, Instagram and WhatsApp are also known to belong to the group. As early as January 2019, the New York Times reported that Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg was planning to unite the news services. The technical infrastructure for such a merger would already be in place. A merger of the three apps could mean a fundamental change in private communication.

More security for private messages

Zuckerberg also announced last year that the company was increasingly focusing on the subject of data protection. End-to-end encryption has already been introduced and work is currently being carried out on ephemeral messages - messages that delete themselves after a certain period of time. Pile of sugar wrote in an official blog post:

People should be able to use any of our apps to reach their friends, and they should be able to communicate across networks easily and securely.

Of course, merging all messenger apps would also be very lucrative for the company. According to estimates, Facebook could earn around 55 US dollars per user by allowing companies to send personalized advertising to users via the messenger. Zuckerberg on this:

Today we already see that private messaging, ephemeral stories, and small groups are by far the fastest growing areas of online communication […] As I think about the future of the internet, I believe a privacy-focused communications platform will become even more important than today's open platforms.