Registering in the Messenger messenger application is no longer possible with the alternative of a telephone number. Now, it is imperative to have a Facebook account.
"If you're new to Messenger, you'll notice that you need a Facebook account to chat with friends and close connections," a company spokesperson told VentureBeat via email.
And he added: We discovered that the vast majority of people who use Messenger are already logging in through Facebook and we want to simplify the process. If you already use Messenger without a Facebook account, you don't need to do anything. ”
Unfortunately, for some users the transition has been complex, as they have encountered an error message saying that the account has been restricted.
The possibility of using Messenger without a Facebook account exists since June 2015, when the Instagram and WhatsApp matrix originally made it available to those who lived in the United States, Canada, Peru and Venezuela, VentureBeat record.
In addition to the phone numbers, photos and names were accepted as forms of login identification, the site contributes.
The change in the policies of use, added the medium, could respond to the old desire to unify the messenger platforms.
Based on the background originally provided by The New York Times, the three services bring together three billion (three billion) people worldwide.
Mark Zuckerberg's intentions, of course, must first be approved by the authorities. The risk is that the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will go to court to, by filing a lawsuit before a federal court, block the measure, arguing that it violates antitrust laws.
In parallel, the attorney generals of 48 states analyze whether the social media giant stifled competition in a way that may have affected user data and the value of the notices.