Maria Montero

The chat function will soon be able to return to the mobile app …

Facebook It upset millions and millions of users five years ago when it removed chat from its central mobile app and forced them to download Messenger to communicate privately with friends. Now it looks like you might be able to restore the option within the Facebook app.

According to a discovery by researcher Jane Manchun Wong, who discovered a new feature that brings limited chat functions to the social media app. Wong’s finding suggests that at this point, calls, photo sharing, and reactions will not be supported within the Facebook app’s chat feature, but it remains to be seen whether that’s simply because it’s currently in development. .

It is unclear if the feature will be shipped to users as this is a test. Delivery courier, which has more than 1.3 billion monthly users, it will probably stick, but this change will give users other options to chat with friends.

We have reached out to Facebook for comment, although we have yet to hear from the company. We will update this story with any comments the company shares.

Unsurprisingly, the discovery has been met with cheers from many users who were unhappy when Facebook removed the chat from the app so many years ago. I can’t help but wonder, though, if there are more people these days who are happy using Messenger to chat without the entire Facebook service being connected. Given all of Facebook’s mistakes over the last year or two, consumer sentiment of the social network has never been lower, increasing the appeal of using it to connect with friends, but without compromising your advertising or newsfeed.

Wong’s finding comes just a month after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg outlined a plan to focus the company’s primary focus on groups and private conversations rather than its previously public forum focus. That means messaging is about to become your crucial social graph, so why not go back to the central Facebook app? We will have to wait and see, but the evidence shows that Facebook is weighing the merits of such a move.