Facebook App to Drop Chat, Tell Users to Download Facebook Messenger App

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If users want to continue using Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) chat on an Apple or Android smartphone, they need to download the Facebook Messenger app, because soon, the Facebook app won’t have its chat capabilities.

The news broke Thursday in a Reuters article that said European users were receiving notices from Facebook that they would have to download Facebook’s messaging app because the primary Facebook app would drop its chat feature in the near future. Facebook told Reuters in a statement that the move to drop the chat feature was meant to improve the chatting experience by making users transition to the Messenger app.

“We have built a fast and reliable messaging experience through Messenger and now it makes sense for us to focus all our energy and resources on that experience,” the company said in its statement to Reuters.

Facebook is the largest social media outlet, with about 1.23 billion users. Approximately 1 billion of those users access Facebook via mobile at least once a month. Recent research from digital analytics firm Flurry showed that Facebook is a very popular mobile app.

Messenger is Facebook’s chat app, first launched in August 2011. The app is essentially an expanded version of the chat feature currently available on the main Facebook app. Facebook’s product page gives a description of the product.

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