Soon Facebook Won’t Let You Use Chat On Its Mobile Website


facebook no access to chat on mobile websiteShort Bytes: If you try to access Facebook chat on your Facebook app, you are forced to install a separate app for Messenger. A similar message is now being shown to some users who are accessing the social network in their mobile web browsers. Facebook is justifying the move by calling it a move to bring “best experience” to the users but the overall picture being painted here doesn’t look pretty.

Just when you recovered from the shock of not being able to use chat in your Facebook mobile app and forced to install Messenger app, Facebook is here to push you harder.

According to the recent reports, Facebook has become more aggressive, making it impossible to use Facebook chat on a mobile device without installing a separate app for Messenger.

As the recent developments suggest, Facebook’s mobile website now shows the message “Your conversations are moving to Messenger” to some users.  This message is followed by another line, “Soon you’ll only be able to view your messages from Messenger.”

At the moment, you can just dismiss this notice and access the chat, but soon this option will disappear and you’ll be forced to download the Messenger app.Screen Shot 2016-06-04 at 2.16.48 PM

This news could be disturbing for millions of people who choose to access the social networking website via its mobile site because they don’t want to download two different apps for Facebook and Messenger.

This hostile move by Facebook could be justified by the company with many excuses like “more focus on Messenger”, “its growth as a platform”, or “more power and best experience to the users”. But, the overall picture being painted here doesn’t look pretty.

Facebook has realized that just like the growing advertising business of Facebook app, its Messenger platform has the potential to become a golden hen and add value to Facebook stocks. Facebook knows that people are addicted to its services and they can’t afford to leave the platform .Something similar was recently said by The Pirate Bay founder who labeled Mark Zuckerberg as the dictator of Facebook nation.

At this point, one could simply expect that this trickery remains confined to mobile devices and doesn’t enter the desktop world. A separate website for Facebook Messenger is already present and you can access your chats separately on the desktop.

If you are unwilling to install another battery-hogging app on your device, go ahead and give Facebook Lite a try, which still allows you to access chats.

Don’t forget to drop your views regarding this change in the comments section below.

Also Read: Black Hole of World Wide Web: Facebook Is Sucking The Internet In

Adarsh Verma

Adarsh Verma

Fossbytes co-founder and an aspiring entrepreneur who keeps a close eye on open source, tech giants, and security. Get in touch with him by sending an email — [email protected]
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