Facebook is preparing to close a loophole that some people used to send and receive messages without installing the company’s standalone Messenger app, TechCrunch reports.
Right now there are a few different ways to check your Facebook messages: Inside the Messenger app, on a desktop computer, or on your mobile web browser if you don’t want to install Messenger.
But Facebook says it’s going to stop allowing people to send messages through mobile web browsers. Instead, those users will soon have to download Messenger.
The mobile web loophole isn’t just a personal preference. It’s useful for people who don’t have room to download Messenger, or for users who can’t upgrade to an operating system that supports Messenger.
It’s easy to see why Facebook wants to force all of its mobile users to use the same messaging app, though. By slimming down the options, Facebook can make changes to its mobile messaging platform without having to change both Messenger and its mobile site.
Messaging is fast becoming the hot new trend in tech. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella spoke at length about the rise of chatbots and potential for artificial intelligence in messaging. And it looks like Japanese chat app Line may finally move ahead with its $3 billion (£2 billion) IPO.