14 Facts About Facebook Messenger


Facebook Messenger is a proprietary instant messaging app and platform developed by Meta Platforms.

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Facebook Messenger is used to send messages and exchange photos, videos, stickers, audio, and files, and react to other users' messages and interact with bots.

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In October 2016, Facebook released Messenger Lite, a stripped-down version of Messenger with a reduced feature set.

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In May 2017, Facebook revamped the design for Messenger on Android and iOS, bringing a new home screen with tabs and categorization of content and interactive media, red dots indicating new activity, and relocated sections.

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The following month, Israeli blog TechIT leaked a download link for the program, with Facebook Messenger subsequently confirming and officially releasing the program.

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In December 2017, Facebook announced Messenger Kids, a new app aimed for persons under 13 years of age.

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In 2019, Facebook Messenger announced to be the 2nd most downloaded mobile app of the decade, from 2011 to 2019.

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In March 2020, Facebook started to ship its dedicated Messenger for macOS app through the Mac App Store.

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In July 2020, Facebook added a new feature in Messenger that lets iOS users to use Face ID or Touch ID to lock their chats.

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On 13 October 2020, Facebook's Messenger application introduced cross-app messaging with Instagram, which was launched in September 2021.

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Back in 2014, Facebook Messenger introduced an unrelated, stand-alone application named Rooms, letting users create places for users with similar interests, with users being anonymous to others.

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Facebook Messenger Rooms allows users to add up to 50 people per room, without restrictions on time.

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In January 2017, Facebook announced that it was testing showing advertisements in Messenger's home feed.

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Facebook Messenger told TechCrunch that the advertisements' placement in the inbox depends on factors such as thread count, phone screen size, and pixel density.

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