Facebook Messenger no longer requires a Facebook account

Some people simply refuse to use Facebook for many reasons like privacy, a massive time drain, and internet trolls.  With 1.4 billion active users on Facebook and over 600 million active users on Facebook Messenger, many people are left out of the giant network  simply because Facebook required you to create an account with verified personal information.  Just last year, Facebook removed chatting from within their social media app, and moved it to standalone Facebook Messenger, as they saw Messenger was a product all on its own, mostly likely stemming from the buyout of WhatsApp for 19 billion dollars. Facebook Messenger is currently the second most active chat app, following WhatsApp who has 700 million active users.  This move by Facebook should open the Messenger app up to the millions of people who refuse to use the social media’s primary asset which should boost their user base.

This new feature is available to the United States, Canada, Peru and Venezuela and all you need to do to sign up for Facebook Messenger is to provide a phone number.

Here’s how it works:

  • On the Messenger welcome screen, you will now see an option that says “Not on Facebook?”

  • From there, you can sign up with your name, phone number and a photo.

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