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Facebook has announced that users can now sign up for Facebook Messenger without a Facebook account. The move is geared towards getting more users into the Facebook eco-system - and even if they never become Facebook users proper, there's still plenty of ways Facebook can monetize their growing Messenger audience.
The good news about the widespread dialogue on Facebook Messenger is that it brought to light the issues that surround privacy of data. Further implicating what some of us have always known: “When the service is free, the user is the product.” In other words, when companies like Facebook create applications that we use in our everyday lives, the real price is what we sacrifice for the right to use the application for free: our data.
Now, it goes without saying that Facebook is one of the more controversial social networks, but their recent effort to force people to install their standalone Messenger app has angered users more than ever before. Is the backlash justified?
The Facebook Messenger app is now giving its users the ability to make free phone calls over Wifi connections to other Facebook Messenger users. Yes, you heard it right! It is for all Facebook Messenger users across the globe. This new feature especially benefits those who have weak mobile service in their house.