Individuals will never again have the option to sign up Messenger on the off chance that they don’t have a Facebook account. In 2015, the social network began enabling potential clients to sign up its messaging application utilizing just their phone numbers.

Presently, an entry in the website’s Help Center clearly expresses that “you’ll need to create a Facebook account to use Messenger.” The organization has likewise affirmed the change to VentureBeat, telling the publication that “the vast majority of people who use Messenger already log in through Facebook” and that it just wants to simplify the procedure.

The representative additionally said that the new rule applies to those “new to Messenger,” and that those previously utilizing the application without an account don’t have to do anything. In any case, a few clients have complained of experiencing challenges signing in after the transition – the application continued revealing to them that their account has been restricted.

It’s unclear if the change will have any impact on the tech giant’s plan to make its messaging products interoperable, which will enable clients to send messages crosswise over Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp. Many individuals use WhatsApp, specifically, for the privacy and security it gives.

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