Facebook is adding chats back into its main app

Critics of the social media platform’s Messenger service rejoiced after the announcement that they won’t have to download an extra app. However, the move isn’t just to please users.

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Facebook is walking back its decision to push users to download its Messenger app, five years after its move caused widespread criticism.

Gizmodo reported:

In a tweet, app researcher Jane Manchun Wong uploaded a screenshot of the new integrated chat function. In the top right corner, you can see the same Messenger icon that brings you to a chat window right in the main app itself. Right now, if you want to chat via Facebook on mobile, the app will immediately switch you over to Messenger or prompt you to download it if you don’t have it already.

Facebook is bringing the Chats back to the app for preparing integrated messaging

Tip @Techmeme pic.twitter.com/LABK7qrk0e

— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) April 12, 2019

The Verge reported:

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